June 21, 2019

 

COLUMBIA FIRE PERSONNEL DISPATCHED TO SPENCER’S CREST CONDOMINIUMS

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3800 Saddlebrook Place, Spencer’s Crest Condominiums at 4:13pm yesterday (THURS) afternoon. 911 callers indicated heavy Fire was coming from a balcony. Columbia Fire Department units arrived approximately 4 minutes later and reported heavy fire conditions in the roof and back of the building.  The Incident Commander upgraded to a second alarm, requesting additional equipment and personnel. Fire crews began an aggressive fire attack using pre connected hose lines and elevated water streams from aerial devices. Crews fought the fire for approximately 30 minutes before bringing it under control.  Witnesses on the scene and occupants in the building indicated everyone safely evacuated.   Fire investigators are on the scene and will perform an origin and cause investigation.  Crews conditioned to check for Hot spots. Additional details will be released as they become available.

 

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL FELONY CHARGES

 

The Highway Patrol arrested a Mexico man on a number of felony charges shortly before 8 o’clock Wednesday night in Audrain County. According to the report, 31 year old Michael C. Burgeson of Mexico was arrested and transported to the Audrain County Jail where he was being held without bond. Burgeson was charged with felony resisting arrest, felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine (2 grams), felony driving while revoked, 3 counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony warrant out of Boone County for Child Neglect, a Probation & Parole Board felony warrant for parole violation, a felony warrant out of Audrain County for tampering and a misdemeanor Audrain County Warrant for Failure to Appear.

 

ADDITIONAL 22 MILES OF OSAGE RIVER OPENS TO RECREATIONAL BOATING

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the section of the Osage River from Lock and Dam #1 (12 mile mark) to the Route B Bridge (34 mile mark) at St. Thomas, MO is now open for recreational boating traffic. The Patrol’s Water Patrol Division, which has been monitoring the Osage, has determined the water level has dropped sufficiently to safely reopen the 22 mile section of the waterway. 

Today’s change means the river is now open to recreational boating traffic from Lock and Dam #1 to Bagnell Dam. While this section of the river has been opened, boaters should avoid creating wakes in areas still experiencing high water conditions. Boaters should also be alert for floating debris.

The Osage River from the Missouri River to Lock and Dam #1 remains closed to recreational boating. Although the river level continues to drop, there are still flooded structures downstream from Lock and Dam #1. The Osage River closure for recreational boating traffic remains in effect for that area until further notice.

On June 4, due to deteriorating safety conditions as a result of flooding and to prevent further property damage, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten authorized the closure of the Osage from the Missouri River to Bagnell Dam for recreational boating pursuant to Revised Missouri Statutes 306.124(3) in consultation with the Patrol. 


On June 10, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reopened the Osage River from the Route B Bridge in St. Thomas, MO to Bagnell Dam due to improved river conditions.

 

 




June 20, 2019

 

FULTON WOMAN INJURED TRYING TO AVOID COLLISION WITH DEER               

 

The Highway Patrol reports a Fulton driver was transported by private vehicle to Fulton Medical Center for treatment following a one vehicle crash in Callaway County around 3:40 AM Wednesday morning. Authorities said 33 year old Kimberly D. Cornwell was southbound and swerved to avoid a deer. Her auto went off the left side of the road and overturned. 

 

BRIDGE REOPENED AFTER FLOOD WATERS RECEDE

 

As flood waters recede, MoDOT crews are busy getting the roadway cleared of any debris and back up to are clearing up the roads and checking for issues flooding often leaves behind. The Route 40 Missouri River Bridge north of Boonville was reopened this past Tuesday afternoon after being closed since June 3rd Route 87, north of Boonville was also officially reopened and updates are continuing to be posted on the Traveler Information Map at modot.org

 

MODOT EXTENDS WEIGHT ALLOWANCE FOR TRUCKLOADS OF AGGREGATE USED IN FLOOD RELIEF AND LEVEE REPAIR

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced an extension of an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways in flood relief and for levee and other public infrastructure flood repair. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10% more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver remains in effect through July 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

Check the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or download the free app at Google Play or the Apple Store for up-to-date road closure information.

 

 




June 19, 2019

 

AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES

 

The Patrol worked a two vehicle crash in Audrain County around 4:30 pm Tuesday. 76 year old Nella A. Campbell of Mexico was westbound on US 54 east of Route HH and slowing down to turn into a private drive when her auto was struck from behind by another westbound auto driven by 19 year old Dacen L. Lloyd of Columbia. Campbell received moderate injuries in that crash and was transported to Boone Hospital in Columbia by Audrain County Ambulance.  Both vehicles were totaled. The Audrain County Sheriff’s office provided assistance.

 

MODERATE INJURIES FOR JEFFERSON CITY MAN

 

The patrol said an accident on US 63 in Boone County, just north of Gilpin Road around 8:40 AM Tuesday morning resulted in moderate injuries for a Jefferson City man.  Joshua M. Kelsey, 40, of Jefferson City was northbound in the driving lane. A dump truck operated by 66 year old Russell L. Martin of Ashland was accelerating in the passing lane as Kelsey attempted to change into the passing lane and struck the dump truck in the rear. Kelsey’s auto then ran off the left side of the highway while the dump truck came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder. The dump truck driver was not injured however Kelsey did receive moderate injuries and was transported to Capital Regional Hospital by University Ambulance.

 

FAYETTE MAN SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN HOWARD COUNTY WRECK

 

The Patrol said 23 year old Joshua G. Adams of Fayette received moderate injuries when his westbound vehicle went off MO 240, just west of Route P in Howard County shortly after 12 noon on Monday and struck an embankment. Adams said he was trying to avoid colliding with a mail truck that was stopped partially in the roadway.  He was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




June 18, 2019

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people from Collinsville, IL were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:40pm Monday in Franklin County.  32 year old Larry Faulk was on US 50 when he lost control of his car, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck two trees.  Both the driver and his passenger 32 year old Brandi Hammond were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A St. Louis man was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Kendall Meloy of Imperial attempted to make a left turn onto Mack Hill and failed to yield to a motorcycle ridden by 67 year old Thomas Treiber, causing it to strike the rear of her truck.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A woman was hurt in a Monday night crash in Franklin County.  29 year old Destanie Hatton of Gray Summitt, MO was on Route N and driving too fast for the wet road conditions when she applied the brakes, causing her vehicle to begin to slide, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and began to overturn.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 




June 17, 2019

 

DRIVER & PASSENGER INJURED WHEN VEHICLE COLLIDES WITH DEER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

The highway patrol said two Wellsville residents were injured Saturday morning at 4:30 AM on Route CC. The report said 29 year old Brittany J. Burch of Wellsville was driving westbound when the collision occurred. She was transported by Montgomery County Ambulance Personnel to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. A passenger, 30 year old Jonathan J. Fisher sustained minor injuries and was also transported to University Hospital for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Gravois Mills man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Morgan County.  62 year old Ricky Stinocher was on Highway 5 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck several trees and overturned, ejecting him from the truck.  He was taken to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY CRASH

 

Two people were hurt in a Sunday evening crash in Jefferson County.  23 year old Holly Guenther of Blackwell was on Route H when her car ran off the south side of the road and struck a tree.  Both the driver and her passenger 28 year old James Watson of De Soto were taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




Weekend Report- June 15-16, 2019

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A St. Charles woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred just before 6pm Saturday in Miller County.  47 year old Tisha Vanbarneveld was on 75 Unicorn Road in Eldon when her Easy Go Golf Cart traveled off the left side of the road, overturned and ejected her from the golf cart.  She was transported by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER KILLED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Miller County.  21 year old Devon Frisbie of Brumley, MO was on MO 42 when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road, began skidding and sliding, overturned and struck a utility pole.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

MAN KILLED, WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MORGAN COUNTY CRASH

 

A man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Morgan County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Billy Scrivner of Barnett was on Highway 52 when his vehicle suffered a mechanical failure, causing it to cross the center line, travel off the south edge of the roadway into a field where it overturned numerous times.  He was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger, 55 year old Penny Houston of Smithton was taken to Capital Region Hospital with serious injuries.

 




June 14, 2019

 

RESIDENTIAL FIRE ON BALBOA LANE IN COLUMBIA – ONE FATALITY REPORTED

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a smoke odor inside a residence at 3413 Balboa Lane on Thursday at 2:51 a.m. First arriving units reported smoke inside one side of a duplex where the party reporting the smoke odor lived. Fire crews forced entry into the other side of the duplex and found heavy smoke conditions but no fire. Crews conducted a search of the residence and found one occupant in the residence. The person found was unconscious and in a bedroom. The subject was removed from the home and CPR was administered by Fire Department personnel. Paramedics provided patient care and determined the subject was deceased. Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McGruder was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. He determined the fire originated in the kitchen as a result of unattended cooking.  Conditions in the duplex were such that the fire extinguished on its own prior to fire crews arriving. Through the investigation, it was determined that there was only one occupant in the residence at the time of the fire. Columbia Police identified the deceased as Jason Ian Frazier, 38, of Columbia.  Both units in the duplex had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.     

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES GRANT TO FIX ST. LOUIS RAIL BRIDGE

 

On Thursday Governor Mike Parson said Missouri will receive up to $28.8 million in federal aid to rehabilitate the MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The bridge, owned by the Terminal Railroad Association, carries rail freight and passenger trains over the Mississippi River and connects St. Louis, Missouri, to East St. Louis, Illinois. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration distributes the grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program. More than $326 million will fund 45 state and local railroad infrastructure projects in 29 states.

The rehabilitation will allow the bridge to accommodate 315,000 pound railcars and will extend the life of the bridge until about 2085.

 

PROPOSAL TO MOVE USDA AGENCIES TO KANSAS CITY

 

That proposal means the National Institute of Rood and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service f will relocate their headquarters along with hundreds of jobs from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City. U.S. Representative Sam Graves advocated strongly for the move to Kansas City after it was announced that the USDA was searching for a new location.  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last year that the administration was planning to move the agencies out of Washington, D.C. Kansas City was announced last month as 1 of 3 finalists. 139 Expressions of Interest from 35 states were initially submitted. Criteria used in the site selection process were Quality of Life, Costs, Workforce and Logistics/IT Infrastructure.  

 




June 13, 2019

 

NOVINGER COUPLE KILLED IN MARION COUNTY CRASH WITH 18 WHEELER

 

A tragic accident in Marion County on US 36 at Monroe City just after 2:30 Wednesday afternoon when an eastbound auto driven by 77 year old Janie Goodwin of Novinger attempted to make a left turn from the right hand lane of US Highway 36 and into the path of an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Lance Rodgers, 34, of Bentleyville, PA. The 18 wheeler struck the Goodwin auto on the driver’s side. Following impact, both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Janie Goodwin was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger and husband of the driver, 72 year old Earl E. Goodwin was pronounced deceased at University Hospital in Columbia The driver of the 18 wheeler had minor injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The patrol’s crash team investigated the accident with assistance from other Patrol Troopers along with the Monroe City Police Department, Monroe City Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Department.

 

MPSD RESPONDS TO FIRE CALL ON NORTH WESTERN STREET

 

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at approximately 5:30PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of N Western in reference to a grass fire. Responding personnel found a small woodpile burning near a bar-be-que grill and near some tools and equipment.  The fire was quickly extinguished with no further damage. The resident stated he was cooking on the grill a few hours earlier and a grease fire started below it.  He thought he had the fire extinguished and left the area.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

FLORISSANT WOMAN INDICTED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AND WIRE FRAUD

 

41 year old Tayon Hutchins Fowler of Florissant was indicted last week on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of making false statements about being disabled to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”).  Fowler surrendered Monday morning to U.S. Marshals.

The indictment alleges that Fowler submitted an application for disability payments to SSA in 2012, claiming to be depressed and unable to work.  After Fowler began receiving periodic disability payments from SSA, she started a home health care business and received more than $100,000 per year from this business during 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.  In July 2017, Fowler sold the home health care business.  In March 2018 and again in September 2018, Fowler made two false statements to SSA about not working and not receiving any income since December 2016.   

Further, in December 2017, Fowler bought a luxury automobile from a local dealership.  To obtain financing, Fowler made false representations to the dealership, falsely claiming that she still owned the home health care business and further was still receiving income from that business.  These false representations are charged in Counts Three and Four of the Indictment as wire fraud.       

If Fowler is convicted, the false statement charges have a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while the wire fraud charges have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Restitution to the victims is also mandatory.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration is investigating this case, with assistance from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. 

 

 




June 12, 2019

 

KANSAS WOMAN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN MONDAY CRASH

 

We told you yesterday (Tues) morning about a crash involving a passenger car and a tractor trailer. The Mexico Department of Public Safety provided details on that deadly accident and said the Kansas woman involved in the collision, 34 year old Laura Ingold of Emporia, Kansas, died at University Hospital in Columbia after her auto hit a tractor trailer a little after 2pm. The crash closed the road for more than two hours. Ingold was eastbound about 2.2 miles south of East Liberty Street when she crossed the centerline and hit a trailer being towed by a westbound semi-truck, police said. The truck overturned but the driver, Courtney Williams, 47, of Mansfield, Texas, had only minor injuries and refused treatment, police said. First responders had to remove Ingold from her vehicle, and she was flown to Columbia, where she succumbed to her injuries. The bypass was closed until about 4:40 p.m. and was reduced to one lane for another two hours for cleanup. The truck was carrying aluminum oxide, a chemical compound used in some manufacturing.

 

GRAHAM CAVE STATE PARK OFFERS DISCOVERY BACKPACKS FOR HIKING

 

Graham Cave State Park offers discovery backpacks until Oct. 31 to check out on a first-come, first-served basis after 9 a.m. in the visitor’s center to take on a hike with you. While the backpacks are free to the public to check out, you must provide a valid U.S. driver’s license. Your driver’s license will be returned when the backpack is returned by 4 p.m. that same day.

Inside are identification tools for wildflowers, trees, birds, ferns and more. You will also find a pair of binoculars so you can see things far away and a hand lens so you can explore tiny things up close, like the likable world of lichens! What are lichens you ask? The answer can be found within the backpack! Park naturalists will also provide your child with a Discovery Book that is theirs to keep and fill out. If they complete all the projects in the book, they can bring it into the visitor’s center to get it stamped!

As you hike Graham Cave’s approximately five miles of trails through different, beautiful ecosystems, please remember to dress weather appropriate, take a bottle of water and have insect repellant handy.

Graham Cave State Park is located off I-70, between Kingdom City and St. Louis, on Highway TT, two miles west of Highway 161 at the 170 Exit, in Danville. For more information about the event, call Graham Cave State Park at 573-564-3476.

 

PATROL RELEASES 2019 SCHOOL BUS INSPECTION RESULTS

 

Colonel Eric T. Olsen, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of the Driver & Vehicle Safety Division's 2019 annual school bus inspection program. A total of 11,958 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the 2019 program. Of all buses inspected, 89.3% were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.

During the annual school bus inspection program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as "approved.” Buses having one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger are rated as "defective.” Buses with a defective item which constitutes an immediate danger are rated as "out-of-service.” Buses rated as "defective" may continue to be operated for the purpose of transporting students until repair is made. School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being re-inspected by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel. Buses rated as "out-of-service" must be repaired, re-inspected, and then placed back into service by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to transporting students. Buses not presented for re-inspection within the required 10-day period are reported to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Statewide 2019 annual school bus inspection results are as follows:
Buses rated as "approved" upon initial inspection -- 10,672
Buses rated as "defective" upon initial inspection -- 962
Buses rated as "out-of-service" upon initial inspection -- 324

A total of 261 Missouri school districts earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award, obtaining an approval rating of 90% or higher with no buses placed out-of-service. During the 2019-2020 school year 5,540 buses in these award-winning fleets are eligible to display the Total Fleet Excellence sticker in the lower corner of the first window on the passenger-entry side of the bus.

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol works closely with schools and private pupil transportation companies to ensure our students have safe transportation to and from school-related events. This professional relationship is most evident during the annual school bus inspection and results in a successful program,” said Colonel Olson. “The annual school bus inspection program is just one way the Missouri State Highway Patrol serves and protects our children and it will remain a priority."

As Missouri school bus inspection results are a matter of public record. Individual school district results are available on the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division webpage at https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/DVSD/MVI/index.html.

 

 

 




June 11, 2019

 

SEMI AND PASSENGER VEHICLE COLLIDE ON US HIGHWAY 54 BYPASS

 

On Monday, at approximately 2:04PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the US Highway 54 bypass in reference to a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer.  The tractor-trailer turned over as a result of the crash.  The driver of the passenger vehicle was flown to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia The bypass was closed in both directions and has now been re-opened.  Traffic is slowed to one lane of travel around the crash scene as clean-up efforts continue.  The crash is still under investigation. 

 

STATEWIDE PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF THIS WEEK

 

Whether driving a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert –

you don’t want to miss what matters. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is announcing a week-long campaign June 10-16 focusing on pedestrian safety. The campaign will be geared toward pedestrians and drivers, educating both about being alert and what to watch out for to ensure everyone is safe.

In preliminary 2018 data, 97 pedestrians were killed in Missouri and 254 were seriously injured. The top pedestrian contributing factors involved were failure to yield, alcohol or drug impairment, and distraction/inattention.

“We want to be sure that citizens are as safe as possible in all modes of transportation,” said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “We encourage all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to make safe choices so everyone, no matter the mode of transportation, makes it to their destination safely.”

 

GOVERNOR SIGNS FY 20 BUDGET BILLS

 

                        Governor Applauds General Assembly for a Productive Session                         a  Fiscally- Responsible, Balanced Budget

 

Monday, Governor Parson signed the FY20 budget bills passed by the General Assembly, which focused on ongoing improvements to infrastructure and workforce development, and investing in our Missouri’s public servants.  

“Every year, the legislatures are committed to protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” Governor Parson said. “We are proud of the General Assembly and their efforts with the fiscal year 2020 budget. They have created a fiscally-responsible, balanced budget that will move Missouri forward.”

The total state budget is approximately $30.0 billion, including $10.2 billion general revenue. This budget also leaves $185 million set aside for future budgets. In signing the FY20 budget bills, the Governor issued zero line-item vetoes and issued no withholds, as a result of strong economic performance.

From the beginning, infrastructure has been a top priority for Governor Parson and his administration. Missouri will begin meeting infrastructure needs across the state without raising taxes by funding the following items within the existing budget:

$351.0 million for replacement and repair of bridges, including $50.0 million one-time General Revenue and $301.0 million from bonding, contingent upon the award of the federal INFRA Grant.

$50.0 million for a transportation cost-share program with local communities.

$10.8 million State Road Fund for maintenance repairs due to flooding.

$5.0 million State Road Fund for construction due to flooding.

$6.4 million for port capital improvement projects.

$5.0 million for grants to provide broadband access to under-served areas pursuant to HB 1872 (2018).

$10 million for the Multipurpose Water Resource Program, including the planning, design, construction, or renovation of public water supplies, flood control storage, drought, mitigation, and public water supply treatment or transmission facilities.

Another top priority for Governor Parson this session was creating and improving Missouri's workforce development programs. A comprehensive economic development strategy was established to include several key elements of the Governor’s workforce development priorities, which includes:

$18.9 million for the MO Excels Workforce Initiative, which develops and expands employer-driven education, training programs, and initiatives to substantially increase educational attainment.

$10.0 million Lottery Proceeds Fund to support the Fast-Track Workforce Incentive Grant Program.

$61.4 million to fully fund the education foundation formula.

$5.0 million for transportation funding for schools.

$10.4 million for the Missouri One Start Program to provide new and expanding industry training programs and basic industry retraining programs.

The Governor is also committed to moving state team member salaries to be competitive with Missouri market rates. This is part of his back-to-basics management reform agenda, which includes:

Funding for 53,932 FTEs, a reduction of 478 from FY19.

$30 million to fund a 3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase for state employees (except MoDOT, which has its separate pay plan). This 3 percent COLA comes on top of the FY19 increase of $700 (or 1 percent for those earning over $70,000 per year). This means that the average state employee’s salary will increase over 4 percent in the FY19 and FY20.

$8.9 million for salary increases in the Department of Corrections to recruit and retain employees.

$4.9 million for MoDOT salary adjustments to address pay grid compression across government.

$5.3 million for targeted pay adjustments for about 4,500 employees to bring their salaries toward market minimum levels.

In addition, the budget incorporated the Governor’s proposal to improve economic and workforce development through a reorganization of state government that was overwhelmingly supported by the General Assembly. These changes will streamline state government and ensure it produces better outcomes for Missourians, which leads to better efficiency and long-term cost savings.

Governor Parson said, “It’s important to run Missouri with a fiscally responsible, balanced budget. We appreciate all the people involved who work extremely hard to accomplish this mission.”

 




June 10, 2019

 

PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR THE NORTH OUTER ROAD OF I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, June 10-13, MoDOT crews will be doing patching work on the North Outer Road of Interstate 70 (Bonneslick Road) in Montgomery County. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 161 while the work is completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. All lanes will be open during the night. Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.


ELDON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT 


An Eldon man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 3:05am Sunday in Miller County.  27 year old Jacksonn Green was on Route Y when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to run off the left side of the road, hit a tree and a utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries. 


DRIVER HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK 


A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in St. Charles County.  25 year old James Davis of Hazelwood was on MO 370 when his car ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment, struck a culvert, went back up the embankment, onto the roadway, coming to rest in the left lane.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 




Weekend Report- June 8-9, 2019

MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A man was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in Howard County.  45 year old Michael Fuemmeler of Glasgow was on Missouri 3 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway, strike a utility pole, eject him before hitting a fence.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred just before 12:30pm Saturday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Timothy Carrico of Pacific, MO was on Route O when he failed to slow down for slowing traffic, lost control and his vehicle ran off the left side of the road and ejected him from it.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

A woman was seriously hurt in a Saturday night crash in Franklin County.  51 year old Darlene Green of Richwoods, MO was on Missouri 47 and driving at a speed too fast to maintain control of her car as she was negotiating a curve in the road, crossed the center line and struck the front of a truck driven by 60 year old Timothy Ott of Washington and after impact her car slid off the left side of the roadway and struck a wooden fence post.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.





June 7, 2019

 

UPDATE:  SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT ON MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Due to all the wet conditions, the slide repair planned for Missouri Route 19 in Montgomery County was delayed. Conditions have now improved and the work is planned to resume starting Monday, June 10.

 

“The current embankment will be removed, and new rock will be placed to hold the soil securely in place,” said Area Engineer Erik Maninga, P.E.

Traffic may be reduced to one lane while this work is completed, so please be aware of traffic control that is in place. Crews will be installing signs to let motorists know of the upcoming work.

 

MEXICO FIRE STARTED BY 8 YEAR OLD PLAYING WITH GASOLINE AND A LIGHTER

 

On Tuesday, at approximately 7:24PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Emmons in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a shed burning, with flames coming through the roof.  The fire was extinguished with the shed and contents suffering significant fire damage and a nearby tree partially burned as well. It was determined that an eight year-old boy started the fire while playing with gasoline and a lighter.  The boy suffered minor injuries while trying to put the fire out and escape the shed. The boy was examined by personnel from Audrain Ambulance District but was not taken to a hospital.

 

POWER LINES DOWN WHEN STORM ROLLED THROUGH MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT

 

On Wednesday at approximately 6:07 PM, a broken tree limb brought down power lines in the 1000 block of Muldrow as a storm moved through the area.  Mexico Public Safety blocked the roadway until Ameren could make the situation safe.  The roadway was closed until approximately 7:55PM.  There were no injuries from this incident and no other major incidents from the storm.

 

GOVERNOR REQUESTS JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, & LOCAL DAMAGE ASSSESSMENTS

 

Governor Mike Parson announced this week that Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments across a total of 56 counties – almost half the 114 counties in the state – in response to tornadoes, severe storms, and worsening flooding. The joint Federal, State & Local Damage Assessment teams will survey damage that began with severe storms on April 29 and continuing since then in preparation for a request from the Governor for federal disaster assistance.  “Since March, nearly every corner of the state has been impacted by historic flooding, destructive tornadoes, and severe storms,” Governor Parson said. “We’ve closed more than 380 roads, halted barge loading on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, shut down several railroad lines, and hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes – all because Mother Nature has refused to let up this spring. Assessments are expected to begin on June 12 and will be conducted jointly by FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, State Emergency Management Agency, and local emergency management officials. SEMA will coordinate an expedited assessment process by utilizing a helicopter to survey damage to homes that are the most inaccessible and cannot be assessed on the ground. The Governor said assessments for Individual Assistance, which provides assistance to homeowners and renters who’ve experienced qualifying losses, will be prioritized over Public Assistance, which assists governments and eligible nonprofit organizations. Joint damage assessments were requested late Wednesday for the following counties: 

 

Individual Assistance: Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Hickory, Holt, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Pike, Polk, Saline, St. Charles, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties.

 

Public Assistance: Adair, Barry, Barton, Caldwell, Camden, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Dunklin, Gentry, Grundy, Hickory, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Monroe, New Madrid, Nodaway, Ozark, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, St. Charles, St. Clair, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan, Taney, and Wright counties. 

 

The teams jointly document damage to determine the resources needed to help recover from a disaster. The assessments do not include every affected home or business, but those who have experienced flood- and storm-related damage should report it to their local emergency manager. Additional counties are expected to be added to the request for joint assessments as they collect more information about damage locally.

 

 




June 6, 2019

 

MISSOURI ROUTE 19 CLOSED TO TRACTOR TRAILER TRAFFIC

 

Tractor trailers needing to go south on Missouri Route 19 at Interstate 70 will have to  

use an alternate route as MO 19 is closed to trucks due to flooding in Hermann.  “There is nowhere for tractor trailers to turn around safely on Highway 19 between I-70 and Hermann, except MO 94,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Erik Maninga.  He explained, “They need to stay on the interstate and use a different route,” he added.  The flooding is occurring in front of the Ford dealership on Highway 19 and is caused by backup from the Missouri River.  Other vehicles are able to go into Hermann to access their destinations.


MAN KILLED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT


A man was killed in an accident that occurred just before 7pm Tuesday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that a car was parked in the passing lane of westbound I-70 when it was struck in the rear by a truck driven by 68 year old Kevin Jackson of Lawrence, KS.  The man in the car, 83 year old Ali Mahmud of Hazelwood, MO was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where he died from his injuries a short time later.


DRIVER INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK


An Owensville driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Gasconade County.  35 year old Jeremy Selph was on Highway 19 when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




June 5, 2019

 

MKT TRAIL ACCESS CLOSED AT JAY DIX STATION DUE TO FLOODING

 

As of yesterday (TUES), the MKT Trail access at Jay Dix Station located at 3725 S. Scott Blvd. in Columbia is closed until further notice due to flooding. Additionally, the county portion of the MKT Trail, northeast of the boardwalk at Brushwood Lake and the bridge at Perche Creek, is also flooded. Trail users are advised not to venture southwest beyond the Scott Boulevard access point, 3800 S. Scott Blvd. The MKT Trail is open from Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia to the Scott Boulevard access, just east of Jay Dix Station. All other trails within the city limits of Columbia are open.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE CRUISER AND MOTORCYCLE COLLIDE RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES

 

Last night (TUES) at approximately 8 p.m., a Columbia Police officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a motorcycle on Brown Station Road near the intersection of Leeway Drive in Columbia. The officer was driving a marked police vehicle northbound on Brown Station Road, which has a double yellow centerline paint stripe to mark the lanes. The motorcycle was traveling southbound in the northbound lane and collided with the police vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical care. The officer sustained minor injuries. Additional details will be released when the official crash report is complete. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652.

 

GRANDVIEW MAN DIES IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK ON INTERSTATE 70

 

The highway patrol said one man died after being thrown from his vehicle at 5:48 AM Monday morning in Callaway County. According to the report, a tractor trailer driven by 37 year old Ray E. Hale of Erie, PA was in the westbound passing lane of I70 near the 151 and a half mile marker in Callaway County and changed into the driving lane and struck another westbound auto driven by 69 year old Craig R. Cooper of Grandview. Cooper’s auto overcorrected and ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver. Craig was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Boone/Callaway County Medical Examiner’s office in Columbia.                           

 




June 4, 2019

 

GOVERNOR VISITS FLOOD IMPACTED AREAS IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Yesterday, Governor Parson toured the flood damage in Northeast Missouri at three stops:  Hannibal, Canton, and Clarskville. At each stop, Governor Parson met with local officials and then toured flooded areas. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency continues to coordinate with state and local officials, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while ongoing flooding affects many areas across the state. SEMA has assisted with flood fighting resources in 33 counties. Twenty-eight levee breaches have been reported across the state. In Hannibal, the Mississippi River crested at 30.15 feet on June 1, as the second highest record in history. In Canton, the Mississippi River crested at 27.11 feet on June 1, as the third highest record in history.  In Clarksville, earlier projections called for river levels to brush within an inch or so of record heights, but due to some upstream levee breaches the river level forecast has changed. With more rain expected locally and upstream, there is a possibility for a secondary crest in the foreseeable future. Temporary barriers totaling 1,560 feet in length around businesses in the downtown area have been built. Storms from June 1 have left 27 homes out of power and have caused some flooding around the water treatment facility. SEMA has coordinated the deployment of two pumps and two generators to keep the facility online.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, there are approximately 382 roads closed in 56 counties due to flooding.  On May 27, Governor Parson activated the Missouri National Guard and has deployed for flood fighting assistance in Brunswick, Canton, Clarksville, Hannibal, Hardin, and Norborne. A mission in Jefferson City includes staging vehicles for high-water rescue.  Missouri Department of Corrections offenders from Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center; Boonville and Tipton Correctional Centers; and Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center are helping with sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Norborne, New Franklin, and Kimmswick.

 

MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE NORTH OF BOONVILLE CLOSED TO FLOODING

 

Flooding along the Missouri River has led to the closure of a major crossing point that could have an ongoing impact on commuters.  The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the Route 40 bridge over the Missouri River just north of Boonville. The road will remain closed until further notice. The bridge is the latest closure in the area as the Missouri River remains in the major flooding stage.

 

US HOUSE PASSAGE OF DISASTER RELIEF BILL

 

Representative Sam Graves released the following statement after voting in favor of the disaster relief package and said the relief package, which passed the Senate on May 23rd, now goes to President Trump. The bill allows USDA to cover on-farm stored grain lost to flooding, an issue facing many farmers in North Missouri. It allocates $3 billion to agriculture programs for crop and livestock losses, in addition to $558 million for farmland rehabilitation. The bill also includes money to repair damaged flood control projects as well as repair roads damaged in recent flooding. Missouri Corn Growers Association President Mark Scott, a farmer from Wentzville pointed out the disaster package includes aid for those who lost stored grain and assistance for acres that were prevented from planting, although details on how that aid will be distributed are still to be determined by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue once the bill is signed.

 




June 3, 2019

 

SHOWERS, THUNDERSTORMS & MORE EXPECTED THIS WEEK

 

The National Weather Service says periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected again this week and storms could be strong to severe. Plus, any additional heavy rains may lead to additional flooding concerns. Be weather aware and keep your radio tuned to a Best Broadcast Group Station for the latest weather information.

 

REPLACEMENT OF LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE ON I-70 BEGINS THIS WEEK

 

Work will begin to replace the Loutre River Bridge on westbound Interstate 70 Monday night.   While two lanes of traffic will still be open throughout most of the project, the speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph, and the lanes will be narrowed from 12’ to 10’9”, with narrowed shoulders.  “The first stage of construction is to rebuild the right shoulder, and this work will be done at night,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Rick Domzalski.  The next stage of work will be to shift traffic to the right and build the first half of the bridge to the left.  Once that’s complete, traffic will be shifted onto that portion of the bridge and the final stage, to be completed next year, will be to build the rest of the bridge.  Domzalski explained the extra bridge width built in the median to maintain two lanes of traffic during this project will be available for future expansion of the interstate.

After the shoulder work is done and work begins on the bridge, the contractor will work during the day, behind temporary traffic barrier for the safety of the workers.

The project was awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to Phillips Hardy for $5.4 million and includes replacement of the westbound bridge.  The work is expected to be fully completed by August 2020.

During the shoulder reconstruction, and while making traffic shifts between stages, there will be lane closures within the work zone.  During those closures, the truck parking facility between mile markers 169 and 170 will also close.  The contractor is constructing the bridge in phases to primarily maintain two-lane traffic through the project.  The contractor may work, but will not be allowed to close lanes of the Interstate during holiday weekends or on weekends of home University of Missouri-Columbia football games.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL ARREST

 

A St. Louis man was arrested by a State Trooper at 11 PM Saturday night in Randolph County. The patrol said 43 year old Michael D. Kelly was charged with DWI as a prior offender and for driving the wrong direction on a highway. He was transported to the Randolph County jail in Huntsville.

 

2019 KATY TRAIL RIDE CANCELLED

 

Due to the recent widespread flooding along the Missouri River over the past month, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Park Foundation are canceling the 2019 Katy Trail Ride. The five-day, 240-mile annual ride, which takes travelers through many of Missouri's rural communities, along open fields and between the Missouri River and its bordering bluffs, usually draws some 350 bicyclists from across the nation and overseas. Currently, nearly 100 miles of Katy Trail State Park are closed due to flooding from Boonville east to St. Charles. While the Missouri River is forecasted to crest at near record levels early next week, it will take days to weeks for it to recede from some parts of the trail. At that point, Missouri State Parks staff will assess the damage to the trail and form a plan to begin rebuilding the trail. Based on the damage encountered from the 1993 Missouri River flood, staff anticipates scour holes, washouts, bridge damage, downed trees, debris, silt accumulation and inconsistent trail surfacing.  Missouri State Parks is committed to reopening the trail as soon as possible and to hosting the 20th annual Katy Ride in June 2020, in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Katy Trail State Park. Information for the 2020 ride will be posted on the Missouri State Parks website in January, at mostateparks.com.

 




Weekend Report- June 1-2, 2019

HERMANN MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Hermann man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4am Sunday in Gasconade County.  31 year old Jeffrey Burris was on MO 100 when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

A Jefferson City man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash early Saturday morning in Cole County.  The patrol says that they were in pursuit of a motorcycle ridden by 28 year old Jonathon Cooper on 4816 Rainbow Drive in Jefferson City when the motorcycle ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was transported by Airlift to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

A Fulton driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Callaway County.  42 year old Matthew Tarrants was on Route UU when his car traveled off the left side of the road, struck an embankment, became airborne, overturned and came to rest off the north side of the roadway.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.






May 31, 2019

 

FLOODED ROADS CONTINUES TO PLAY HAVIC WITH DRIVERS

 

Flooded highways continues to make travel difficult across the area along with significant travel detours and delays, and in some cases detours are not possible leaving some with boats being the only form of available transportation in and out of some flooded areas. Plus, as the massive amounts of water continues to make its way south, roads that may have been flooded and later re-opened end up flooding again. If you must travel anywhere in Missouri over the weekend or early next week, visit the traveler information map available at www.moDOT.org where you’ll find flood information, road closures, detours and more.

 

THREE PEOPLE TRANSPORTED TO AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING 2 VEHICLE CRASH

 

Three Centralia residents were transported to University Hospital for treatment following a two vehicle crash on Route BB in Boone County, just north of Birch Street at 1:13 PM, Thursday. The patrol said 55 year old Julie C. Nichols of Centralia was northbound and failed to see another vehicle driven by 83 year old Robert Jennings of Centralia. The front of Nichols auto then struck the rear of the Jennings vehicle. Nichols received serious injuries while Jennings had moderate injuries. A passenger in the Jennings auto, 80 year old Mary Jennings sustained minor injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT BUSY WITH VAROUS CALLS

 

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at approximately 7:56PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of N Washington in reference to a structure fire.  A passerby had called, reporting smoke coming from a home in that block.  Responding personnel found the fire in the kitchen The fire was contained and extinguished in that room, with the kitchen suffering significant fire damage, nearby rooms suffering heat damage, and the entire house suffering smoke damage.  It was determined the stove was accidentally left on after the residents left the home. On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at approximately 1140 AM, the Mexico Public Schools and Mexico Public Safety learned of a disturbance in the parking lot of MHS as some summer school students were leaving campus.  The disturbance involved both students and parents.  Mexico Public Safety investigated the incident throughout the afternoon and evening.  A report will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of criminal charges against some of those involved.  There were no injuries from the incident. On Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at the beginning of the school day, Staff members were speaking with some of the students involved and were checking to make sure they did not continue or escalate the disturbance.  Staff discovered that one of the students brought a knife to school and one of the students brought a handgun.  Both students were taken into custody by Mexico Public Safety.  The student who brought the knife was processed at MPSD and released pending the filing of criminal charges.  The student who brought the gun, Jaiden L Hawkins, age 18 of Mexico, was taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond for Unlawful Use of Weapon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  No students were threatened with either weapon.

 

 




May 30, 2019

 

RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN COLUMBIA – ONE PERSON DEAD

 

The Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Police Department were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2112 Southwood Drive on Wednesday at 9:26 a.m. Initial reports from 911 callers indicated several small explosions occurred. Units arrived on the scene in less than five minutes and observed a single-family residence fully involved with fire. Crews deployed preconnected hose lines and elevated fire streams from aerial devices and began an aggressive, defensive fire attack. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. All but a small portion of a side wall was destroyed. Due to significant damage and dangerous working conditions, a trackhoe was requested to aid in the investigation. Three Columbia Fire investigators were dispatched to the scene to conduct a fire origin and cause investigation.  It has been determined that three individuals occupied the residence. Two of the occupants have been accounted for. At approximately 2 p.m., a body was located in the debris. CPD has identified the deceased as Brian M. Keeney, 59, of Columbia.

 

ONGOING FLOODING CAUSES EVACUATION POSTING

 

The Howard County Sheriff’s office posted a note from Howard County Emergency Management on Social Media Wednesday calling for residents in Southern Howard County to evacuate in the Petersburg area due to continued flooding along the Missouri River. The alert also affects residents of New Franklin South of Sulphur Street, the residents of Franklin, and the residents along Highway Z in Howard County.


WERDCC CONDUCTING AN EMERGENCY EXERCISE


Within the next week, the Women's Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia will be conducting its annual emergency exercise.  This exercise will involve staff members from WERDCC and possibly other law enforcement agencies.  As a result there may be an increase in corrections and law enforcement staff and/or equipment in the community.  This joint exercise will assist the Missouri Department of Corrections in remaining prepared to address emergencies and to make communities safer.

 




May 29, 2019

 

PATCHING OPERATIONS PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route WW - May 28-29, one lane traffic at various locations between MO 19 and North Outer Road of I-70 (Boonslick Road) for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E - May 30-31, one lane traffic at various locations between

Montgomery County Route V and North Outer Road of I-70 (Boonslick Road) for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

 

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at approximately 5:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of S Western in reference to a fire in an unattached garage.  Responding personnel found that the passenger compartment of a vehicle in the garage had burned.  The fire had almost completely self-extinguished prior to MPSD arrival with the vehicle suffering significant damage.  The fire did not damage the garage. Investigation revealed that there had been a disturbance in the home and as one of the parties left, they lit the car on fire.  With the help of deputies from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, officers attempted to locate the suspect at several locations but were unable to.  There were no injuries from the fire and only minor injuries from the disturbance.  The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

 

THE 100 DEADLIEST DAYS OF SUMMER BEGINS THIS WEEKEND!

 

Watermelon. Flip flops. Doing a cannonball off the high dive on a sunny afternoon. Summer can evoke any number of wonderful memories. But summer also has a dark side. In 2018, there were 307 fatalities on Missouri roads in the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urge all who travel in and around the Show-Me State during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” to buckle up, slow down, drive sober and never drive distracted. “It’s easy to let your mind wander when you’re on the road in search of summer fun,” said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings, especially with the increased traffic. Never drive too fast for the conditions and be aware of everything that is going on around you. ”In 2018, more than half of the 107 motorcycle fatalities occurred in the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. The warm, sunny days also bring out more bicyclists and pedestrians. And last winter’s brutal weather conditions mean you’re likely to encounter more MoDOT road crews who will be repairing the damage. Just a single moment’s distraction can lead to a life-or-death encounter. Be proactive in your own safety. Of the drivers and passengers killed in 2018 traffic crashes, 62% were not wearing a seatbelt. Don’t take a vacation from safety!

 

 




May 28, 2019

 

MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED TO ASSIST IN FLOOD FIGHTING & RECOVERY FROM STORMS 

 

Governor Mike Parson has activated the Missouri National Guard as the state continues to respond to damaging flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms and remains under the threat of additional flooding and severe storms this week. Some area residents in the Glasgod area say this is the highest flood levels they’ve seen since the 1993 flood. In Carroll county, the Sheriff’s department said a truck driver was rescued Monday morning from flood waters after his dump truck became stuck near highway 10 between Carrollton and Norborne. And the Chariton County Emergency Management Agency asked for help filling sandbags over the holiday weekend. Executive Order 19-09 which has been signed by the Governor, provides for Guard unit deployments in Chariton County to support flood fighting efforts in the Brunswick area. The Guard will also be staging and utilizing high-water vehicles to support flood response operations in Jefferson City. Governor Parson made the decision to activate the Guard after conferring with the state emergency management team, including officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, State Emergency Management Agency, and the Missouri National Guard. Governor Parson also urged Missourians to continue to pay close attention to the weather this week and be prepared to take protective action, as additional severe storms are possible for parts of Missouri this week. On Tuesday, May 21, Governor Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the continuing severe weather and forecasts for tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, hail, heavy rainfall, and worsening flooding due to prolonged soil inundation throughout the state. On Wednesday, May 22, Missouri was hit by a series of tornadoes and severe storms that killed three people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and businesses in Carl Junction, Golden City, Eldon, and Jefferson City. In response to earlier flooding and storms this year, on May 20, President Donald Trump approved Governor Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. That declaration made federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the March 11 to April 16 storm system and flooding in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve counties. The Governor’s April 24 request said $25 million in qualifying expenses had already been identified. As would be expected, a number of roads are closed due to flooding. If you’re going to be traveling anywhere for the next several days, you’re encouraged to check the MODOT Traveler map for the latest road closure updates.

 

FIRE SHUT DOWN BOTH WESTBOUND LANES OF I-70 MONDAY AFTERNOON

 

A truck fire shutdown the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Boone County, according to officials with MoDOT and traffic had to be diverted. In a tweet, officials said both lanes of the Interstate were closed between the Route 40 and Route J interchanges west of Columbia. Traffic is being diverted around the sight. Some thought the truck was hauling straw or hay and that was what was on fire. Turns out it was logs. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it happened near mile marker 118 and caused significant delays. MoDOT said one lane was back open by 5:20 pm.

 

SOUTHEAST MO HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

A man accused of murder in a shooting at a civic center in the southeastern part of the state has been arrested in Montgomery County.  Authorities responded to a shots fired call at a civic center on Friday where they found a man fatally shot in the head.  Officers identified Rodney Johnson as a suspect as well as possible vehicles he could be driving.  The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said that deputies found a vehicle Sunday morning driving west on I-70 that matched the description of a suspect car in the investigation.  They conducted a traffic stop and took Johnson into custody.  He was arrested on suspicion of 1st degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

  




May 24, 2019

 

VIOLENT STORMS POUND MISSOURI-TORNADOS RIP ACROSS THE STATE LEAVING AT LEAST 3 DEAD AND CATASTROPIC DAMAGE

 

The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and violent twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday and left the state capital city in shambles as the violent twister tore apart buildings, trapped residents and more. The State capital building, including the famed Dome sustained significant damage, but is still standing. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the southern end of Jeff City, north toward the raging Missouri River that has been producing its own kind of devastation.  The tornado was part of the same storm system that resulted in at least 22 tornado warnings and was responsible for the deaths of at least 3 people in Southwest Missouri earlier in the day. Jefferson City was already reeling  as another natural disaster is unfolding as the swollen Missouri River is projected to top a levee on the north side of the river sometime today, potentially flooding the city's airport, which already has been evacuated. That location was also to be the host of the annual Salute to Veterans’ Air Show this weekend which draws thousands of people to the Mid Missouri area. Event organizers had already made the decision to cancel the popular event because of flooding concerns.

 

AUXVASSE TEENAGER HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ATV CRASH

 

The patrol worked an accident in Callaway County on County Road 10-48, one quarter of a mile east of highway 54 just before 5 PM Wednesday. According to the report, 14 year old Eli Henry of Auxvasse was operating an ATV when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control. The vehicle then traveled off the west side of the road and struck a utility pole.  Henry sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Callaway County EMS.

 




May 23, 2019

 

STORMS POUND THE AREA LEAVING MANY WITHOUT POWER - SUBSTANCIAL DAMAGE IN SOME AREAS - AT LEAST 3 DEATHS REPORTED

 

A devastating series of storms late Wednesday spawned multiple tornadoes that caused extensive damage and led to at least three deaths in Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed that Missouri's capital, Jefferson City, was hit by a "violent tornado." The tornado prompted an unrelenting stream of 911 calls, with some reporting serious injuries. In Jefferson City, multiple buildings were damaged, including a large apartment complex. Emergency crews in Jefferson City were attempting to rescue people trapped in buildings, but downed power lines were making rescue difficult. Jeff City officials have asked people to stay off the streets. A press conference early this morning, Jefferson City Police Lt David Williams called the aftermath a chaotic situation. From what we’ve been able to gather most of the damage appears to be along Ellis Boulevard, Dunklin Street and Stadium Boulevard. City officials requested assistance from FEMO who delegated Missouri Tack Force One to assist. Ameren officials say they have several gas leaks in the area and that thousands are without power.  The mayor of Jefferson City had already declared a State of Emergency and ordered residents in northern Jeff City to evacuate and that was due to flooding issues.  Now they are dealing with storm damage in addition to all the other concerns.  To the south of Jefferson City, Eldon was also hard hit by storms. Other reports submitted to the National Weather service include flooded roads, downed trees, power outages and hail. At least three people were killed earlier in Joplin, in the southwest of the state.

 

WEIGHT ALLOWANCE ANNOUNCED BY MODOT IN FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS

The Missouri Department of Transportation today announced an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways in flood relief. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10% more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver remains in effect through June 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

  • A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10% above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
  • Transportation of rock, sand and gravel only within the state of Missouri;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel is only allowed on non-interstate highways. NO TRAVEL IS ALLOWED ON MISSOURI INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.

POTENTIAL FOR MAJOR FLOODING THROUGHTOUT THE STATE - FLOODING CAUSES SPECIAL HAZARDS

 

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for major flooding throughout the state, particularly along the Missouri River, which will affect the cities of Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann and Washington. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging travelers to plan their routes ahead of time and to pay attention to all road closure signs. During flooding, the road may no longer exist under the running or stationary water. Floodwaters can be deeper than they appear and can hide such hazards as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemical In addition, MoDOT reminds motorists never to move or attempt to drive around barricades that block flooded roads. Barricades are put in place for motorists’ safety, yet MoDOT and law enforcement officials report they continue to see drivers either maneuver around the road blocks or move them to get through. “Moving a barricade is dangerous for the person doing it and also puts others at risk by removing the warning sign,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director.  “Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded area or barricade, remember the saying: turn around, don’t drown.”Here are some important safety reminders:

 

•    Don't drive through any flooded areas. A few extra minutes for a detour could lead to a life saved.

•    MoDOT reminds motorists it only takes six inches of water (or less!) to lose control of your vehicle and possibly be swept into rising floodwaters.

•    Any time there is water over the roadway, there may be unseen damage to the road surface below.

•    Stay alert and do not drive through water over a roadway or around construction barricades. MoDOT encourages all motorists to Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

 

Motorists can stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android mobile devices

 

 

 




May 22, 2019

 

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has officially declared a state of emergency due to worsening weather conditions, additional flooding and more.  With this weekend being a holiday, a number of events are being affected by the weather including the Salute to Veterans Air show Celebration which was scheduled for this weekend at the Jeff City airport, but due to flooding along the Missouri River the airport has been evacuated. Event planners say its even more disappointing as this would have been the first time the event has been scheduled in Jefferson City. This year’s show would have been the 31st annual show.  Amtrak to suspend its River Runner passenger rail route and Rocheport has issued a call for help bagging sand. Even though the river in Jeff City is expected to crest tomorrow at over 2 feet past flood stage, Salute to Veterans media chair Jessica Houston said  the flooding has rendered the show impossible and all events Saturday and Sunday are canceled, but Monday’s Memorial Day parade is scheduled to proceed as planned. Jefferson City officials will finalize their decision on the parade by Thursday, according to a Facebook post from Salute to Veterans .The show was moved to Jefferson City this year because of construction at the Columbia Regional Airport, according to previous Missourian reporting. The state of emergency was declared after first responders performed water rescues in Jasper and Newton counties Monday and Tuesday. A severe storm Monday night in Hickory County sent four people to the hospital after campers were flipped by the storm. Ongoing and forecast severe storm systems have caused, or have the potential to cause, damage associated with tornadoes, high winds, hail, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding,” the executive order said.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT ARRESTED WOMAN FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE & MORE

 

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 at approximately 10:36 AM, an alert citizen reported suspicious activity in the 200 block of Morris.  Responding personnel located Britney L Harper, age 29 of Mexico damaging a building owned by a business in the area.  Harper was processed at the Mexico Public Safety Department and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Property Damage 2nddegree, Trespassing 2nd degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

STORM DAMAGE IN MEXICO SATURDAY

 

During the evening of Saturday, May 18, 2019, strong winds and heavy rains moved through the Mexico area as storms went across Missouri.  Mexico Public Safety responded to about eight incidents of trees or large limbs in the roadway or pulling down power lines.  At about 6:38PM a large limb broke a power line in the 800 block of Lafayette.  The line remained charged, burning a section of grass.  MPSD kept people away from the line and monitored the situation to help ensure nothing else caught fire.  Ameren responded in about 30 minutes and made the situation safe.  Ameren crews and the City of Mexico Street Department cleared electric lines and the roadways after the storm passed.  There were no reported injuries.

 

 




May 21, 2019

 

WEATHER CONTINUES TO MAKE THE NEWS

 

Rain, rain and more rain and today is no different as we had a large complex of rain and storms track across the area overnight and the threat of severe storms returns this afternoon. We’re looking for a line of strong storms to develop late this afternoon and early tonight as a strong cold front will move in from the west and collide with a warm front that is lifting north and ushering in a more unstable air mass early today.  In addition to the potential for severe weather, heavy rainfall is also expected. Flood and Flash flood watches and warnings are already posted across the region and include portions of central Missouri, north central Missouri, northeast Missouri, and west central Missouri, including the following areas, in central Missouri, Cooper, Howard, Pettis, and Saline.  In north central Missouri, Chariton, Linn MO, Macon, and Randolph.  In northeast Missouri, Adair and Schuyler.  In west central Missouri, Henry and Johnson MO.  Total rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches plus will be possible during this period. This rainfall will fall on already saturated soils, increasing the potential for flash flooding. Low-lying and flood-prone areas will be most susceptible to the dangers of flash flooding. Areas near rivers, creeks, and streams will likely become flooded during and immediately after heavy rainfall.

 

SEMI OVERTURNS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AFFECTING WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON I-70

 

Troop F of the Highway Patrol said it took about two hours to reopen both westbound lanes of I-70 last (MON) night when a tractor trailer unit overturned near Danville a little before 7 PM. The truck driver was not injured. Clean up crews shut down one of the westbound lanes as the wreckage was cleaned up. The patrol said the truck was hauling 41,000 pounds of meat.

 

TWO INJURED IN CRASH AT MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE ON I-70

 

The highway patrol said two Nebraska residents were injured in a crash on I-70 Westbound on the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport at 10:50 last (Mon) night. 29 year old Kyle G. Norton of Omaha was the driver and received moderate injuries while a passenger, Norrian C. Norton of Omaha received minor injuries. Norton was transported by University EMS to University Hospital in Columbia while the passenger was transported by Cooper County EMS to Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville. The wreck occurred when the Norton vehicle hydroplaned and struck the center bridge wall. The car was then struck by two semi trucks. The truck drivers were not injured but the westbound lanes of the Interstate were closed for some time.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST INDIVIDUAL ENTERING HOMES NAKED

Columbia Police arrested Victor Hugo Mendoza, 35, of Columbia on charges of two counts of Burglary 1st Degree, two counts of Sexual Misconduct 1st Degree, Assault 4th Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest. The arrest was in relation to Mendoza entering two different homes early morning hours on Saturday, May 18. He was found naked in the bedroom by the residents after they woke up. Thanks to the effort and vigilance of many, Mendoza was taken into custody less than 12 hours after the press conference on Sunday afternoon.

 




May 20, 2019

 

PATCHING OPERATIONS PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Missouri Route 161 - May 20-22, one lane traffic at various locations between Interstate 70 and Missouri Route 19 at Montgomery City for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route WW - May 23-24, one lane traffic at various locations between MO 19 and North Outer Road of I-70 (Boonslick Road) for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E - May 28-30, one lane traffic at various locations between Montgomery County Route V and North Outer Road of I-70 (Boonslick Road) for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEKING INFO ABOUT INDIVIDUAL REPORTED ENTERING HOMES NAKED

 

The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who was found naked in the bedrooms of two residences in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 18. The individual entered homes in the 5800 block of Canaveral Drive and the 5800 block of Neptune. In both incidents, the residents woke up and found the individual naked in their bedrooms. In one home he was located under the bed, and the other he was located on the floor. The individual left both homes immediately when he was confronted. He entered both homes through unlocked doors and additional information indicates the same individual attempted to enter other homes in the area. There was no evidence of forced entry in either incident and no reported property damage, missing items or injuries. Anyone with additional information about this individual or these incidents is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Lincoln County.  Kylie Enos of Millwood, MO was turning left onto Flamm Road from Route O when her vehicle traveled off the road, struck a utility pole and ejected the driver.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




Weekend Report- May 18-19, 2019

 

FREIGHTLINER OVERTURNS IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 6:20pm Saturday in Callaway County.  57 year old Aldo Myers of Kingston, TN was on US 54 when a gust of wind caused his freightliner to overturn.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.   

 

TWO INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Two people were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Miller County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Darian Calhoun of Eldon was on Route Y when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his car to travel off the roadway, strike a mailbox and a driveway, before overturning and ejecting both the driver and his passenger from the vehicle.  Both the driver and his passenger sustained moderate injuries.  Darian Calhoun was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital while 19 year old Camryn Zinn of Columbia was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Florissant woman was seriously hurt in an early Sunday morning crash in St. Charles County.  22 year old Mariah Johnson was eastbound on I-70 when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck the guardrail and then returned to the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median barrier.  She was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.

 




May 17, 2019

 

MAIN STREET MOBERLY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN

 

Diane Richardson, Main Street Moberly Executive Director informed the Board of Directors Thursday morning that she will be leaving the organization at the end of the month. She said this has been a difficult decision for her as she’s pondered it over the past several months. She went on to say she is proud of the accomplishments of the Main Street Moberly organization, and will continue to support their revitalization efforts.  Paula Heath, the Main Street President, has been in communication with Missouri Main Street Connection as well as local key stakeholders and will continue to facilitate the transitioning process. Richardson has been Executive Director of Main Street Moberly for the past five years.

 

MISSOURI ROUTE 87 IN HOWARD COUNTY TO BE CLOSED FOR PIPE REPAIRS

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace a cross pipe on Route 87 between Route E and County Road 323 next week. The work will close Route E from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 through Thursday, May 30. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area.  MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.

 

CLICK IT OR TICKET ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN BEGINS NEXT WEEK

 

Longer days and warmer weather mean summer fun is almost here. As you gear up for a weekend excursion, or maybe even a road trip with family and friends, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up for every trip. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is joining with state and local law enforcement May 20 – June 2 in the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to highlight the importance of buckling up. Along with wearing a seat belt, they want to remind motorists put the phone down, Buckle Up Phone Down. Drivers are the first level of prevention in traffic crashes. It’s important to give 100% focus to the task of driving, which includes putting down or turning the cell phone off when driving. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash. When worn correctly, seat belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants of passenger cars by 45%. If you know anyone who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to change their habit. Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member dies needlessly. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up every trip, every time.”

 

 




May 16, 2019

 

BOONVILLE SHOOTING – SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

 

Boonville Police and the Highway Patrol were busy investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Boonville Wednesday afternoon. A news release from the Boonville Police Department said officers were dispatched to a reported shooting in the Riviera Drive neighborhood, near Harley Park, at approximately 1:05 PM. Boonville Police said two people were shot and taken to University Hospital in Columbia where one was treated and released and the other remains in critical condition. One person is in custody and no word on what led up to the shootings. Authorities said they are not looking for any other suspects at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. The Cooper County EMS sent out a text message around 6pm informing area residents that the earlier text message for the Harley Park area situation had been downgraded. The earlier message had encouraged people within a 2 mile radius of Harley Park to stay inside and lock doors.

 

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY

 

May 13th – 19th is National Police Week and as part of the weeklong event, yesterday, May 15th was set aside as Peace Officers Memorial Day, a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. A website we recently discovered serves as a reminder of the many risks of law enforcement. When you visit the Officer Down Memorial Page at www.odmp.org and do a search of of Missouri, you’ll find 681 Line of Duty deaths in the Show Me State. We believe it’s important to remember all the Law enforcement hero’s … so from everyone at the Best Broadcast Group to all the men and women in blue who serve and protect and continue to put your life on the line every single day for all the rest of us, we simply want to say “Watch each other’s backs, be safe and THANK YOU!

 

DED AWARDS $168,685 IN TAX CREDITS TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded $168,685 in Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) tax credits to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County, a non-profit agency that serves children and teens throughout St. Charles County. YOP helps non-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved youth development projects. The Boys & Girls Club began serving St. Charles in 1955 and opened a second unit in O’Fallon in 1992. The Club offers after school, summer and sports programs to help children and teens reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The funds will help support the Club’s academic programming as well as STEM enrichment opportunities for members age six to eighteen years old. Funds will also help expand healthy lifestyles programming including opioid use prevention and conflict resolution. In addition to promoting healthcare, education and positive parenting skills, the organization also offers several volunteer opportunities from office work to organizing events. 

An affiliate of the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County have provided support to members for over 60 years.

 

 




May 15, 2019

 

TREE FIRE IN MEXICO

 

On Monday at approximately 9:51PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of Maple Street in reference to a tree fire.  Responding personnel found the upper portion of an evergreen tree burning.  The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries and no damage to any other property.  The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FAST APPROACHING – MAKE SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY!

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol hopes everyone will make safety a top priority this Memorial Day weekend. A safe, fun weekend starts with planning and good decisions. Whether you decide to travel or stay local, choose to be a safe, courteous driver. The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. In addition, the Patrol will assign troopers to speed saturations, DWI saturations, or hazardous motor vehicle operations in areas where they will have the greatest impact. Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should use the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This year's fatality counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019. The Memorial Day weekend is also an unofficial start to the boating season. During the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, there were 14 boating crashes which included 10 injuries and one fatality. Two people drowned over last year’s holiday weekend. Troopers arrested 17 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend.

 

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST MAN ON SEVERAL CHARGES

 

This past Monday night, May 13th, at 7:35 PM, a Moberly Police Officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly, making unsafe passes, in the area of Franklin St and Johnson St. The vehicle ran off the roadway at one point and nearly collided with an oncoming vehicle. The officer made contact with the driver who pulled to the side of the roadway on his own accord. The officer immediately noticed signs of alcohol impairment. The driver, Shawn Malone, was immediately uncooperative with the officer and denied being intoxicated. Malone was also found to have a revoked driver’s license.  Malone was placed under arrest for Driving While Revoked and Driving While Intoxicated. Officers located a bottle of Whiskey next to the driver’s seat of the vehicle Malone was driving and the bottle was nearly empty.  Malone was found to have (10) prior convictions for Driving While Suspended/Revoked and (2) prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated. Due to his level of intoxication Malone was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center to receive a fit for confinement order. After being deemed fit for confinement, Malone was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center. Charges were forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for Felony Driving While Revoked and Felony Persistent Driving While Intoxicated. A warrant has been signed by the Honorable Judge Cooksey for the above mentioned charges and a bond has been set for $10,000 Cash or surety for Malone.

 




May 14, 2019

 

ALERT CITIZEN LEADS TO QUICK ARREST BY MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 

On Sunday, May 12th at approximately 8:21PM, an alert citizen contacted the Mexico Public Safety Department in reference to some suspicious activity in the 600 block of North Washington in Mexico.. Responding personnel found that Darien W Mills, age 22 of Mexico, had broken into an unoccupied house and was attempting to steal some items.  Mills was arrested and processed at MPSD.  He was later taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond for Burglary 2nd Degree and Stealing (value over $750). 

 

TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CRASH ON US 54 IN MEXICO

 

Sunday, May 12th at approximately 5:32PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 4500 block of E Liberty (US Highway 54) in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that a vehicle being driven by Kerri Rothrock, age 32 of Atchinson, Kansas, crossed the centerline of the roadway and struck another auto operated by Thomas Porthouse, age 46 of O’Fallon, Missouri Personnel from Audrain Ambulance District took both Rothrock and Porthouse to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain.  They were treated for minor injuries and released.  The roadway was reduced to one lane of traffic for about 45 minutes.

 

AS MANY AS 10 MEDICAL MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES COULD BE LICENSED IN MISSOURI

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined that as many as 10 medical marijuana testing facilities could be licensed in Missouri. Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution calls for “at least two” testing facilities for the new program. Testing facilities will be licensed to acquire, test, certify and transport marijuana. DHSS also established ten advisory committees composed of subject matter experts who helped review questions for the facility license applications in late April. The set of application questions and evaluation criteria scoring table were updated following committee recommendations and are now available online. One member from each of the ten advisory committees will now serve on the Medical Marijuana Scoring Advisory Committee.  Facility license application forms and instructions will be available online June 4, and DHSS will accept completed applications from August 3-17. DHSS and contracted partners will then have until December 31 to review and score applications prior to licensing. DHSS will continue accepting feedback on all drafts of rules via an online suggestion form until May 15. All rules must be finalized and available to the public by June 4. Until then, draft rules are subject to change.

 




May 13, 2019

 

PAVEMENT WORK PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

I-70 eastbound - May 12-13, the driving lane will be closed between MM 175 and MM 176 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 12 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 13. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

I-70 eastbound - May 13-14, the passing lane will be closed between MM 175 and MM 176 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 13 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 14. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

I-70 eastbound - May 14-15, the driving lane will be closed between MM 176 and MM 177 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 14 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 15. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

I-70 westbound - May 15-16, the driving lane will be closed between MM 167.6 and MM 167.4 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 15 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 16. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - May 20-22, one lane traffic at various locations between I-70 and Missouri Route 19 at Montgomery City for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route WW - May 23-24, one lane traffic at various locations between MO 19 and North Outer Road of I-70 (Boonslick Road) for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TO BE ARRAIGNED THIS WEEK ON SEX CHARGES

 

A Columbia man who does substitute teaching in Missouri was arrested this past Thursday after a Monroe County Deputy said in a probable cause statement that a student in the Madison C-3 School District indicated she had been sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages, photographs and even videos with 27 year old Ty Michael Gramley after the two apparently met while he was substitute teaching at Madison. The girl said they communicated via Face book Messenger. Gramley is scheduled to be arraigned this week on one count of possessing child porn and two counts of furnishing or attempting to furnish pornographic material to a minor.  The School Superintendent said Gramley was not an employee of the School District but worked for a contractor that provides substitute teachers.

 

FOUR ARRESTS MADE IN SATURDAY SHOOTING IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA

 

Columbia Police arrested four suspects in connection with a shooting near the intersection of Fifth Street and Broadway on Saturday, May 11 that resulted in a victim sustaining injuries that were not life-threatening. Damion Hunt, 26, of Columbia was arrested and charged with Assault 1st, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Eddie Hunt, 21, of Columbia was arrested and charged with Assault 1st, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a Probation and Parole violation on an original charge of Domestic Assault. Caleb Hunt, 21, of Columbia was arrested and charged with Assault 1st, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Robert Carter, 26, of Columbia was arrested and charged with Assault 1st and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Due to the swift response and thorough investigation, CPD was able to identify all of the suspects in this case and place them under arrest.  All four suspects are being held in the Boone County Jail with bond to be set.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 




Weekend Report- May 11-12, 2019

 

THREE INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three people from Mexico, MO were injured in an accident that occurred at 4:05pm Friday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 17 year old Logan Finke of High Hill was on MO 19 when his truck struck the rear of a car driven by 35 year old Brandie Miller of Mexico which in turn struck the rear of another car driven by 58 year old Raymond Welker of Montgomery City.  Brandie Miller sustained moderate injuries, while her two passengers’ 14 year old Rylea Miller and 8 year old Caydence Walker suffered minor injuries.  All three were transported by ambulance to SSM St. Joseph Hospital for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash in Franklin County.  31 year old Jason Hansen of Beaufort, MO was on US 50 as a Terex Scraper was entering the roadway from a private driveway and an escort vehicle was stopped on the right shoulder with flashers on warning westbound motorists of the Scraper entering the roadway and making a right turn onto US 50 as Hansen did not slow down for the escort vehicle, went around it and his truck struck the Scraper.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN OSAGE COUNTY INCIDENT

 

A driver was hurt in an incident that occurred at 11:25am Saturday in Osage County.  75 year old Jackie Bell of Topeka, KS was on US 63 and attempting to avoid a northbound vehicle that was traveling in his lane when his car ran off the right side of the road, down an embankment and struck a fence.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 




May 10, 2019

 

PERMIT WORK WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE ONE LANE OF I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, May 14 permit work will close one lane of Interstate 70 at MM 168, directly across from the Danville Rest Area, for excavation work. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. that day. Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A driver was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2:45pm Thursday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 73 year old Jonas Bereisa of Traverse City, MI was on US 54 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, became airborne, struck the ground and overturned.  He was taken to Capital Region Hospital with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Hillsboro woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Jefferson County.  55 year old Sherry Myers was on 5819 Glade Chapel Road when she swerved to avoid an animal in the road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  She sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




May 9, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Louis woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 8pm Wednesday in Warren County.  68 year old Joann Hejna was on the North Outer Road of I-70 when her vehicle crossed over the centerline, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a concrete culvert and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Fulton man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 68 year old Kenneth Murrell was on the South Outer Road of I-70 when his Ford Escape ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

NIGHT WORK PLANNED FOR AREAS ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing night pavement work on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County.

 

I-70 eastbound - May 12-13, the driving lane will be closed between MM 175 and MM 176 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 12 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 13. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

I-70 eastbound - May 13-14, the passing lane will be closed between MM 175 and MM 176 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 13 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 14. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

I-70 eastbound - May 14-15, the driving lane will be closed between MM 176 and MM 177 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 14 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 15. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

I-70 westbound - May 15-16, the driving lane will be closed between MM 167.6 and MM 167.4 for pavement work. The lane will close at 8:00 p.m. on May 15 and reopen at 7:00 a.m. on May 16. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

 




May 8, 2019

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 8am Tuesday in Lincoln County.  56 year old Martha Fox of Moscow Mills was on Route U when she failed to yield to a truck driven by 77 year old Katherine Augustus of Troy and they collided.  Both drivers sustained moderate injuries, while a passenger in the truck 76 year old James Augustus suffered serious injuries.  All three were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

A woman and a man from Desloge, MO were seriously hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 67 year old Alexa Selsor of De Soto was on Highway 67 attempting to make a left turn onto Meyer Road with a steady green arrow signal when another vehicle driven by 63 year old Connie Ledbetter traveled through the intersection and a collision occurred and after impact Ledbetter's vehicle overturned and traveled off the right side of the roadway.  Connie Ledbetter and her passenger 54 year old William Ledbetter were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

A man was injured in a Tuesday night crash in Osage County.  63 year old Timothy Dula of Hickory, NC was on Highway 63 when his car ran off the left side of the road, struck several trees and overturned.  He was taken to Capitol Region Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

  




May 7, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES REPORT OF GUNSHOTS FRIDAY AFTERNOON

 

This past Friday, May 3rd at approximately 3:32PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of West Breckenridge in reference to a report of gunshots.  Responding personnel learned that two vehicles met in that block and the occupants shot at each other before both vehicles left the area.  Further investigation has revealed that one of the vehicles was hit, as was an uninvolved vehicle that was in the area.  This was a continuation of an ongoing disagreement between the people involved. The next day, Saturday, at approximately 2:22PM, officers responded to the 600 block of West Boulevard in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  Responding personnel learned that there was an argument between several people, and as one group drove away, one other involved person ran after the vehicle and shot at it.  There was no property damaged in the Saturday incident and no injuries from either incident. When the investigation into the incidents is concluded, the full report will be sent to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of charges against some of the people involved. Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100. 

 

CENTER WOMAN HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING TWO CAR CRASH IN PERRY

 

The highway patrol reports 16 year old Lakia M. Preston of Center was southbound on MO 154 in Perry at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon and pulled into the path of an eastbound auto driven by 58 year old Gary E. Dingledine of Wentzville, MO. Preston has moderate injuries and was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. On scene assistance was provided by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department, Ralls County Rural Fire Department and Ralls County Ambulance.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE CRASH ON GRINDSTONE PARKWAY SUNDAY MORNING

 

Columbia authorities say a wreck on Grindstone Parkway occurred at 10:30 AM Sunday when 22 year old Caleb Willis of Columbia had stopped a vehicle in the roadway in the outside lane of travel to collect traffic cones that had previously been placed on the road for an event and two pedestrians identified as 33 year old Randall L. Siddens of Columbia and 22 year old Robin Greener were in the roadway collecting the cones. In addition, A Columbia Police patrol vehicle was behind the Willis vehicle with its emergency red and blue lights on. Another auto, driven by 23 year old Regine H. McCracken of Columbia was traveling west in the inside lane of travel on Grindstone Parkway and drove from the inside lane of travel to the outside lane of travel and struck the two pedestrians, and then struck the Willis vehicle from behind, resulting in the Willis vehicle catching fire.. Siddens had serious injuries while Greener, Willis and McCracken all had minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 




May 6, 2019

MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A Warrenton man was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred at around 1:40pm Sunday in St. Charles County.  58 year old Jerry Wilson was riding his motorcycle on MO 94 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to travel off the right side of the road and strike a guardrail, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

TEENS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

Two Warrenton teens were injured, one seriously in a two-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Warren County.  The patrol says that 16 year old Adrienne Neuhaus was on Route U when her car crossed the center line and struck another car driven by 18 year old Madison Dames head-on.  Adrienne Neuhaus was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while Madison Dames was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH

A Farber driver was hurt in a Sunday night crash in Audrain County.  27 year old Michael McConnell was riding his motorcycle on US 54 when it struck a deer, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital- Audrain for treatment.

 




Weekend Report- May 4-5, 2019

MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Bland man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:45pm Saturday in Gasconade County.  55 year old Jeffrey Cook was on Route A when he failed to negotiate a curve and his truck struck a house.  He was transported by ambulance to Capitol Region Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

A Union driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 22 year old James Altemeyer was on Highway A and driving too fast for conditions when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

A Clarksville woman was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Pike County.  68 year old Kathleen Huth was on Route W when her vehicle ran off the left side of the road, went down an embankment, struck a tree and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.





May 3, 2019

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

Two women and a little girl were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 4:40pm Thursday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that a car driven by 37 year old Brian Knupp of O'Fallon, IL was northbound on US 61 in lane 1, approaching Dugan Lane when a truck driven by 64 year old Myrtle Link of Troy, MO entered US 61 from Dugan Lane and entered the path of the car and they collided.  Myrtle Link was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries, while two passengers in the car 3 year old Madilyn Knupp and 34 year old Tabitha Knupp were taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries respectively.

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK

A woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in Warren County.  61 year old Peggy Riley of Mineral Point, MO was on MO 21 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, became airborne and struck two trees.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

A driver was hurt in a Thursday morning crash in Boone County.  21 year old Christina Williams of Moberly was westbound on I-70 when her vehicle hydroplaned and ran off the left side of the road, struck a wall, returned to the roadway, traveled off the right side of the road and hit the opposite wall.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

    




May 2, 2019

 

SEVERAL ROUTES OPEN AFTER BEING CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has opened several routes which had previously closed due to flooding.

 

Knox County - Route K / Route V at the Middle Fabius River Colony Bottoms

 

Lincoln County - Route BB

 

Monroe County - Route A at Crooked Creek between Route WW and Route D

 

Montgomery County - Route E at West Fork Cuivre River

 

Montgomery County - Route K

 

Montgomery County - Route Y

 

Shelby County - Route DD

 

Shelby County - Route K

 

Warren County/Lincoln County - Route A

 

FLOODED ROADS RESULTED IN SEVERAL RESCUES

 

Motorists in several counties had to be rescued from rapidly rising flood waters due to the heavy rains this week.  Flash flood watches and flash flood warnings remain in effect for much of Missouri this morning, including many counties in our listening areas as any rain that falls over saturated ground can quickly lead o rising waters. If you come across a flooded road, remember, “Turn Around – Don’t Drown”. Visit the traveler’s information map at MoDOT.org for the latest information on flooded roadways.

 

INCIDENTS WORKED BY THE MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at approximately 6:22AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of N Jefferson and Pearson in reference to a burning electric transformer with some arcing power lines on the ground.  Responding personnel secured the area to ensure everyone stayed safely away and to prevent the spread of fire.  Ameren responded within about 30 minutes and made repairs.  There were no injuries from the incident. At approximately 8:23AM, Wednesday, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1400 block of W Liberty in reference to loose livestock.  The caller reported seeing a young bull fall from a livestock trailer that was being pulled into town from MO Highway FF.  After officers were on scene, the owner returned, advising he was taking some of his cattle to a local veterinarian when the incident occurred. Officers worked to keep the bull out of traffic and keep people away so the animal remains calm.  The owner is working with personnel from Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards to safely remove the bull. There have been no injuries or property damage.

 

COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED TO ASPEN HEIGHTS APARTMENTS

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at Aspen Heights Apartments, located at 3701 Aspen Heights Parkway on Tuesday night at 9:50pm. Units from the Columbia Fire Department arrived approximately nine minutes later and observed light smoke coming from the roof.  Crews deployed a ladder to access the attic where fire and smoke were observed.  Crews used a preconnected hose line to extinguish the fire and had it under control in approximately ten minutes. A fire investigator was dispatched to the scene to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  It was determined the fire originated in the attic and was the result of a lightning strike.  Damage is estimated at $30,000. Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 

LIGHTNING CAUSE OF STRUCTURE FIRE ON BRACKENHILL COURT

 

Fire investigators have determined the cause of the fire on Brackenhill Court in Columbia was also lightning.  Damage was estimated at $50,000. We told you yesterday morning the Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a large two story residence Tuesday, at 4:33pm and upon arrival observed fire coming from the roof of the home. The fire was brought under control in approximately 20 minutes. No one other than the family dog was home at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries.

 




May 1, 2019

 

NEW ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

 

Pike County - Missouri Route 79 south of Clarksville AND north of Louisiana at CR 135 (south of Route YY at the sawmill)

 

Montgomery County - Missouri Route 161 at Elkhorn Creek and Route E at West Fork Cuivre River

 

Lincoln County - Route JJ at MO 79 and closed Lincoln JJ at 79

 

Warren County - Route A at Camp Creek, east of Truxton

 

Knox County - Route K/Route V at Middle Fabius River (Colony Bottoms)

 

Ralls County - Missouri Route 154 at Spencer Creek

 

Lewis County - Route B/Business 61 in LaGrange from Route C to U.S. 61, in front of Bunge and the Casino

 

FLOODED ROADS FROM HEAVY RAINS

 

Numerous roads across the area and state are flooded after heavy rains overnight. If you’re going to be traveling today, you’d best start your journey by visiting the MoDOT Travelers Information map where you’ll get the latest on road conditions, what’s flooded and what’s not all across the state. Visit MoDot.org for more information.

 

SUSPECTS NAME RELEASED IN INCIDENT INJURED MEXICO PULBIC SAFETY OFFICER

 

We told you yesterday (TUES) that on Monday, April 29, 2019, at approximately 12:14AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of W Promenade.  During the stop, it was determined that the driver had an active arrest warrant, but the driver drove from the scene before he could safely be taken into custody.  An officer received minor injuries during the event. The driver was Trevor B Pepper, age 21 of Mexico Follow up investigation has indicated Pepper was not injured during the incident, and is not an immediate danger to himself or others.  The events of the traffic stop are still under investigation and will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecutor when concluded.

 

LARGE HOME CATCHES FIRE ON BRACKENHILL COURT IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 7252 Brackenhill Court on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 4:33pm. Fire units arrived approximately seven minutes later and observed fire coming from the roof of a large, two story residence.  Fire crews began an aggressive offensive fire attack coordinating an aerial device with a pre-connected hose line. Initial reports indicated there may be a dog in the home but the occupants were not there. Crews brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes.  The dog was found outside and it is believed it exited the structure on its own.  There was no one home at the time of the event. Fire investigators are on the scene performing a fire origin and cause investigation. Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries. Additional information regarding the origin and cause will be released as it becomes available.

 




April 30, 2019

 

WOMAN FALLS FROM CLIFF AT PINNACLES YOUTH PARK NORTH OF COLUMBIA

 

Crews from the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the Pinnacles Youth Park, north of Columbia Monday afternoon after a 20 year old woman fell about 15 foot down a ridge at the park. Over two dozen firefighters were involved in the rescue and had to use ropes and a cradle to move the woman up a steep slope to a safe area. The steep incline and muddy conditions made the work even more challenging for firefighters. The woman, whose name was not released, was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of a leg injury. First Responders participated in a drill at the Pinnacles this past Saturday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER INJURED

 

Early Monday morning, at approximately 12:14AM, officers with the Mexico Public Safety Department conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of West Promenade in Mexico. During the stop it was determined that the driver and only occupant, a 21 year-old Mexico man, had a felony warrant for his arrest out of the Audrain County Circuit Court.  As officers attempted to arrest the man, he began to drive away from the stop.  An officer, who was partially in the vehicle as the man drove away, was taken about two blocks.  During this time, the officer’s gun discharged, the officer fell from the car, and the suspect drove from the scene, east on Promenade.  Other officers and deputies from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office looked for the suspect and his vehicle and were unable to locate him.  The officer was taken to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.  The name of the suspect was not released as this is an ongoing investigation.

 

GUN DISCHARGED – MEXICO MAN ARRESTED

 

On Saturday, at approximately 1:21AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 100 block of E Monroe in reference to a disturbance where a gun had been fired.  Responding officers located Tyrone Lee a couple of blocks away and took him into custody without incident.  Lee was processed at MPSD, and taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond on two counts of Unlawful Use of Weapon and one count of Possession of Marijuana (less than 10 grams).  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

TRANSFORMER FIRE IN MEXICO SATURDAY NIGHT

 

On Saturday, at approximately 11:15 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of Wade Street in reference to an electric transformer on fire.  Responding personnel stood by to keep people safely out of the area and ensure the fire did not spread to other areas. The local utility that serves the area responded in approximately 15 minutes and shut off the transformer’s power supply.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




April 29, 2019

 

RECOGNITION PLANNED FOR WELLSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ON TUESDAY

 

You are invited to attend a special presentation on Tuesday, April 30th, at 3:25 p.m. at Wellsville High School. Wellsville is a silver banner winner in the It Only Takes One safety program for having 95% seat belt usage, and will be receiving recognition for this accomplishment. The presentation will take place at 3:25 p.m. with the Northeast Coalition for Roadway on hand to do the presentation, as well as other safety partners.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE HOWARD COUNTY WRECK

 

A one vehicle wreck occurred at 2:50 AM Sunday morning in Howard County on County Road 453 at the Davis Dale Conservation Area. The Highway Patrol reports 24 year old Jaskson D. Adair of Warrensburg was entering the parking lot when his pickup struck a large boulder. Adair had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for  treatment. The Howard County Sheriff’s office provided assistance.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT FOR DRUGS & FIREARMS

 

The Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at 1701 Hanover Blvd. on Friday, April 26 at approximately 3:45 p.m. The warrant was served with the assistance of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) after a narcotics investigation was conducted in partnership with the East Central Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and detectives with the Vehicle, Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit (VNOC). Detectives seized a package from a local package delivery service after a Columbia Police K-9 detected the odor of narcotics omitting from the package. A search warrant was obtained for the package, and approximately 5 pounds of methamphetamine was found in the package. Detectives organized a controlled delivery of the package to the intended address. The occupants of the residents accepted the package and afterward a search warrant was obtained for the residence. SWAT made entry and located the package and a total of 12 guns inside. Three of the guns had been reported stolen. Both occupants of the residence were convicted felons, which prohibits the possession of firearms. The occupants of the residence were arrested for narcotics and firearm charges. They were later identified as Cassiopeia Blaise, 34, and Bryan Tullous, 36, of Columbia.

 




Weekend Report- April 27-28, 2019

 

JEFF CITY MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City man was killed in an accident that occurred at 2:30pm Friday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 65 year old John Nelson was riding his motorcycle on Route J when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him before striking a traffic sign post and coming to rest.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Morgan County.  77 year old Howard Carender of Rocky Mount, MO was on Lake Front Lane when his vehicle traveled backwards over a retaining wall, struck the ground, ejecting him and came to rest after striking a dock.  He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH

 

A Fulton man was hurt in a Saturday afternoon crash in Callaway County.  41 year old Andrew Spray was riding his motorcycle on Route F when it was ran off the highway by an unknown vehicle, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




April 26, 2019

MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

A Potosi man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 12:20pm Thursday in Franklin County.  49 year old Jimmy Crocker was on Highway 100 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign and some trees.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Gasconade County.  36 year old Shaun Nieters of Leslie, MO was on Route T when his car ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

A rollover crash Thursday night in Callaway County injured a teenage driver from Russellville, MO.  The patrol says that 17 year old Ashton Gunter was on County Road 371 when her car traveled off the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to roll over and come to rest off the road.  She refused medical treatment for minor injuries.





April 25, 2019

 

THREE TEENS INJURED IN MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three teens were injured in an accident that occurred at 4:20pm Wednesday in Marion County The patrol reports that 16 year old Madison Worrell of Palmyra was on County Road 404 3 miles northwest of Hannibal when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, became airborne, collided with a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Madison Worrell suffered minor injuries, while her two passengers 17 year old Madelynn Wilson and 15 year old Gage Ruddell both of Hannibal sustained moderate injuries.  All three were taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment.

 

GOV. PARSON SEEKS DISASTER DECLARATION FOLLOWING MARCH FLOODS

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson is seeking a major disaster declaration in response to severe flooding that occurred last month in the state.  His office sent out a news release on Wednesday stating that he is asking President Trump for federal assistance for 13 counties in northwest and southeast Missouri They include: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray and Ste. Genevieve.  Additional counties may be added later on after still high rivers recede and damage can be assessed. 

 

OATS TRANSIT RECEIVES GRANT FROM CUIVRE RIVER ELECTRIC COMMUNITY TRUST

 

OATS Transit, a Missouri based not-for-profit transportation provider, has announced that it has received a grant from Cuivre River Electric Community Trust totaling $2,400. In an effort to ensure residents are provided reliable transportation to allow them to live independently in their own communities, Cuivre River Electric Community Trust presented OATS Transit with the check from its Operation Round Up program.  The funds will be used toward the purchase of buses for Lincoln and Pike counties in Missouri.  OATS Transit serves people with disabilities, seniors and the rural general public ensuring they have transportation to medical appointments, work, essential shopping, business errands and the senior center.  For more information about OATS Transit please visit their website at www.oatstransit.org.  

 




April 24, 2019

 

DRIVER WITH MODERATE INJURES IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH

 

A wreck in Audrain County at 8 o’clock Tuesday night on Route D sent a Mexico man to the hospital.  According to the report, 74 year old Donald L. Smiley was northbound when his vehicle went off the left side of the road, struck a culvert, and then became airborne.  Smiley was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Mexico for treatment.  The patrol received assistance from the Audrain County Sheriff’s office.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A St. Louis woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 10:15am Tuesday in Jefferson County.  57 year old Dorothy Smith was southbound on I-55 when her car traveled off the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned, partially ejecting her from the car.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WASHINGTON RESIDENT HURT IN CRASH

 

A Washington resident was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Franklin County.  21 year old Alli Meyer was on Highway KK when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




April 23, 2019

 

THREE INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

Three people were injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:15pm Monday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 25 year old Dylan Knoll of Winfield was on Highway 47 when his truck crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by 24 year old Steven Sullivan of Elsberry.  Dylan Knoll suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment, while Steven Sullivan and his passenger 22 year old Marisa Cordova of Elsberry were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in St. Charles County.  75 year old Michael Owens was eastbound on I-64 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the cable median barrier and also a guardrail.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A driver was injured in a Monday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  66 year old William Pellin of Union was on Liberty School Road when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, causing his motorcycle to run off the right side of the roadway.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

  

 




April 22, 2019

 

WANTED MAN ARRESTED BY MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

On Friday, the Moberly Police Department received information from the FBI in Omaha Nebraska in regards to Isaiah Patterson being in the area of Moberly. It was learned Patterson had two full United States extradition felony warrants for his arrest. At that time all MPD units were made aware of the information and began looking for subject. Patterson was wanted on a Federal felony warrant for “Transporting Interstate for Sexual Activity”, Sex Trafficking of a minor with No Bond authorized. He was also being sought on Felony Probation Violation through Iowa, for original charges of Burglary 2nd Degree and weapons charges with a $15,000 cash only bond. During this event a Moberly Officer observed Patterson in the passenger seat of a vehicle near Morley St at Union Av. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and Patterson was taken into custody without incident. Due to one of the warrants yielding “no bond” Patterson was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center to await extradition. Due to Patterson being a wanted fugitive and being located in Missouri, new charges for Fugitive out of State have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor. Those charges require an additional $20,000 cash only bond for Patterson. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, and Shelbina Police Department K9 assisted in this event and aided in locating and taking Patterson into custody without incident.

 

MOBERLY STABBING VICTIM AIRLIFTED TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL SUNDAY

 

Moberly Police says one person is in custody and the victim is at a Columbia hospital after a stabbing on Williams street Sunday. According to the report, the victim was discovered in a car after a single vehicle accident in the 1500 block of East Rollins Street with a penetration wound on his chest, Police said the victim was attempting to drive himself to Moberly Regional Medical Center. While being treated at the scene, the victim indicated he had been in a fight and was stabbed by Robert “Bobby” Johnson at a home on Williams street in Moberly. As officers converged on that home, numerous signs of an incident taking place were observed and during interviews with witnesses it was confirmed that the subject stabbed the victim who was airlifted to a Columbia hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. Johnson was arrested and is now facing first degree assault and armed criminal action charges

 




April 19, 2019

 

FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION EXPECTED SOON

 

On Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson told groups of farmers and volunteer responders he expects to request a federal disaster declaration next week, based on preliminary damage assessments being conducted in 16 Missouri counties in response to historic flooding. Governor Parson said damage assessments have been conducted or will soon be conducted in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, and Scott counties. He said continuing high water levels are preventing crews from assessing damage in Cape Girardeau and Pike counties, but assessments will take place there as soon as possible. “Our preliminary damage assessment teams have more work to do tallying the damage, but it’s already clear that the flooding had devastating effects on homes, roads, bridges, and other essential infrastructure,”  Next Friday, April 26, the Governor will join Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for a follow up meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The three Governors met with the Corps in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on April 3. The meeting will continue ongoing discussions the Governors are having with the Corps and other federal officials to identify regional solutions for better future management of the Missouri River system.

 

JEFF CITY MAN IN COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City man was behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran off the roadway in Cooper County at 11:20 Thursday morning. According to the patrol report, 79 year old Brian M. Proctor was southbound when the vehicle he was in traveled off the right side of MO 179 at River Bluff Road. Proctor sustained minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Cooper County Ambulance.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Two people were injured, one seriously in a one-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Franklin County.  41 year old Juan Avila of Big Lake, TX was eastbound on I-44 when his car began sliding, traveled off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail, briefly returned to the roadway before running off the left side of the road, striking a median concrete barrier and overturned.  He suffered moderate injuries, while his passenger 40 year old Rebecca Perez of Big Lake, TX sustained serious injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 




April 18, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Washington man was killed in an accident that occurred at 10:05pm Wednesday in St. Louis County.  71 year old Sidney Nusbaum was westbound on I-44 when his Chevy Trailblazer traveled off the right side of the road into the separator cable barrier.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

NEW MILK PLANT OPENS IN COLUMBIA

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson was on hand and said it’s huge for the state of Missouri and Columbia. What he was talking about was the official opening of Aurora Organic Dairy which officially opened its Columbia milk plant Wednesday and is expected to create more than 100 new jobs by the year's end. The Governor also said "Anytime you have a company coming to town and they are doing a 150 million dollar investment and 160 new jobs, that are adding to the economy of our state," Parson said.  The plant has already hired 100 employees with the majority of workers hired from the Mid-Missouri community. In April of 2017, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that Aurora Organic, a leading producer and processor of store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers, planned to construct a new dairy processing facility in Columbia, which would create more than 90 jobs initially, and up to 150 total new jobs over the next five years. Based in Boulder, Colo., it operates a heifer farm and organic dairyfarms in Colorado and Texas, as well as organic dairy processing plant in Platteville, Colo. and now you can add Columbia, Mo to that list of processing plants.

 

SEVERAL PEOPLE REFUSED TREATMENT FOLLOWING A TWO CAR COLLISSION IN BOONE COUNTY

 

The highway patrol worked a two car crash in Boone County at the intersection of Route WW at Range line around 12:18 Wednesday afternoon. The patrol said 25 year old Taylor M. Clayton of Fayette was eastbound when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a westbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Gracie D. Avery of Columbia. Avery and 3 passengers in her auto identified as 24 year old Lashone Gates, 22 year old Jaron R. Gates, and 18 year old Keajanee Cribbss all had minor injuries and all refused medical attention. The Boone County Fire Department assisted the patrol at the scene.

 




April 17, 2019

 

PATROL INVESTIGATES FATAL WRECK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

 

The highway patrol investigated a fatality accident in Callaway County during the noon hour Tuesday. According to the report, Oscar Serrano-Guevara was eastbound on I-70 at the 142 mile marker when his pickup experienced a flat tire. At that point the vehicle traveled into the median, struck the median cable and overturned. The driver was pronounced deceased by a Doctor at University Hospital A passenger, 43 year old Edwin Cruz-Nedrano had minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. Both the driver and passenger were from Costa Mesa, CA.

 

SAME MAN WHO WAS ON COLUMBIA SCHOOL PROPERTY LAST WEEK RESULTING IN A SCARE WAS ARRESTED AND JAILED AFTER DOING IT AGAIN!

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at West Middle School, 401 Clinkscales Rd., on April 16 at approximately 7:10 a.m. The vehicle had left the area prior to officers arrival, however, during the course of the investigation, officers were able to review video and obtain a description of the vehicle. As a result of the investigation CPD identified the vehicle as one belonging to Kelvin Joe, 53, of Columbia. On April 9, Columbia Police investigated two suspicious incidents at Gentry Middle School and Columbia Independent School. The individual involved in both of those incidents, Kelvin Joe, voluntarily spoke with police and was cited for 1st Degree Trespass and Driving While Revoked. Joe was also issued a trespass warning which prohibits Joe from being on Columbia Public School Property. Officers contacted Joe and confirmed he was the individual at West Middle School around 7:10 am this morning. Joe was arrested for 1st Degree Trespass. Due to Joe willfully violating the trespass warning from the previous incident, Columbia Police have requested a bond increase and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has petitioned the judge for a higher bond. Joe will be remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail where bond will be set.

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN RALLS COUNTY WRECK WHEN DRIVER ATTEMPTS TO AV OID DEER COLLISION

 

A New London driver was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Ralls County on Highway A, east of Dogwood Road, approximately 6 miles north of Center at 6:00 Tuesday morning. The highway patrol said 36 year old Ryan M. Hall was westbound and attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway. His auto went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and became airborne. His vehicle then struck the embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its side. Hall sustained serious injuries and was flown by Survival Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol was assisted by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department.

 




April 16, 2019

 

OVERLAY PROJECT TO BEGIN FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 94 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, on Monday, April 22, an overlay project on Missouri Route 94 in Montgomery County is set to begin. The project goes from 0.20 mile east of Bluffton Road to Missouri Route 19. Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones while the work is completed. Message boards will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming work. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

An Owensville man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:10pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  27 year old Josef Tyler was riding his motorcycle on Route AT when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Jefferson County.  71 year old Marilyn Hannick of Hillsboro, MO was on 5431 Tishomingo Road when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert, became airborne, overturned, struck a mailbox and a fence.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




April 15, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:20pm Sunday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Derrick Hillerman of Villa Ridge, MO was on Route TT when he became distracted, causing his car to cross the center line and strike another car driven by 41 year old Emmanuel Stergen of Washington, AR.  Stergen was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY REOPENED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 

Columbia Regional Airport runway 13-31 reopened at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 after being closed for modifications. The runway was closed this past Tuesday morning, April 9 after pilot safety and customer experience concerns were brought to light regarding the crown on runway 2-20 where it crosses runway 13-31. The original estimation for reopening was late Monday, April 15 or early Tuesday, April 16. Columbia Interim City Manager John Glascock said Saturday in a release that he was pleased to announce that runway 13-31 at COU opened ahead of schedule and again apologized to customers who were impacted by closure of the runway even though it was FAA compliant. Glascock said COU’s airline partners have indicated they plan to resume service either today (Mon) or Tuesday, depending on their schedules and encouraged travelers to reach out to the airlines for specific flight details.

 

FAYETTE POLICE CHIEF ISSUES WARNING TO RESIDENTS

 

Chief Jeff Oswald with the Fayette Police Department issued a warning to area citizens this past Saturday following an incident that took place Friday morning, April 12tharound 7:40 AM inside the city limits of Fayette. In the release, Oswald said a Fayette citizen contacted police after an individual appearing to be local law enforcement was pulled over and contacted by an unidentified white male in a black or dark colored SUV with a spotlight. The report said the subject pulled up behind the reporting party and activated a siren. He did not display or activate any emergency vehicle lighting, nor did he identify himself as law enforcement or ask for license or other relevant paperwork. The man approached the vehicle and informed the citizen that their brake lights were not working. He then got back into his vehicle and left, traveling south on Highway 5 at a high rate of speed. The subject is described as a white male, approximately 35 to 40 years of age, approximately five feet nine inches tall, bald and heavy set. He was dressed in black cargo pants, black button up shirt, and badge with “Police” on it. He was wearing a duty belt that held a long flashlight and a small pouch attached, but did not appear to be carrying a firearm. The PD is asking anyone who may have witnessed or encountered this same type of incident to call with any information that may assist in the investigation.

 




Weekend Report- April 13-14, 2019

 

FULTON MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Fulton man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 7am Sunday in Callaway County.  39 year old Lionelle Martin was on Route F when he lost control of his car on the slush covered road, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, coming to rest in a ditch.  He received medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries, as he refused to be transported by an ambulance to any hospital.

 

TEENS INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A teenage boy from Holts Summit and 3 teenage girls from New Bloomfield were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Thason Graham was on County Road 371 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and also failed to negotiate a curve, resulting in his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and overturning.  He was taken to Capital Region Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while his 3 passengers’ ranging from 16 to 17 year’s old were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER SUSTAINS MODERATE INJURIES IN CRASH

 

A driver sustained moderate injuries in a Saturday morning crash in Morgan County.  61 year old Jeffrey Lumpe of Barnett, MO was on Route AA when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to run off the right side of the roadway, began to slide and struck an electrical pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




April 12, 2019

 

SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN ON MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Monday, April 15th, work will begin on the Missouri Route 19 slide repair project, located at the southeast corner of the intersection with the Interstate 70 south outer road near New Florence, in Montgomery County.

“The current embankment will be removed, and new rock will be placed to hold the soil securely in place,” said Area Engineer Erik Maninga, P.E.

Traffic may be reduced to one lane while this work is completed, so please be aware of traffic control that is in place. Obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions. Crews will be installing signs to let motorists know of the upcoming work.

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

 

Spring weather brings an increase in projects that may require digging or excavation work around your home or business. Before you start digging on any project, the Missouri Public Service Commission reminds homeowners and businesses to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) or go online to place a locate request at www.mo1call.com so that underground utilities can be marked.

“Contacting the Missouri One Call Center by either calling or going online is extremely important before doing any digging or excavation work,” said Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Ryan Silvey. “Help protect yourself, your family and your property by making sure you call or click before you dig. It’s smart and it’s the law.”

Whether you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE at least three working days before excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area.

During this three day period, the utilities will mark the approximate location of their underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the excavation site.

Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.

For more information, please go to Missouri One Call at mo1call.com.

  

MDC AND MODOT’S ANNUAL TRASH BASH STARTS MONDAY

 

Missouri’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash will be held April 15 - May 15.

The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of an ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign. The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter all across Missouri, from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, through community events, Earth Day celebrations, media promotions and more.

In 2018, 65,185 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the spring No MOre Trash! Bash. In addition, people attended educational events stressing the importance of not littering.

No MOre Trash! was introduced in 2002 and is a year-round effort. The No MOre Trash! Bash is a special event that has been held each spring since 2004.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit.nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

 




April 11, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE COMPLETES INVESTIGATION OF REPORTED SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUAL

 

The Columbia Police Department has concluded the investigation involving Kelvin Joe, 53, of Columbia. The investigation included reports of a suspicious individual approaching and speaking to adults and children at several locations in Columbia, including a report from a student at Gentry Middle School. Interim Police Chief Geoff Jones said some of the stories reported by media outlets and assumptions posted on social media suggest that a local student was being lured into a vehicle. The investigation has shown that this is false.  Statements were taken from both the suspect and witnesses. Investigators also viewed the surveillance video of the interaction provided by Columbia Public Schools. Information gathered confirms Kelvin Joe tried to give the student money by asking him to come to the passenger side of the car and when the student walked away the money was left in the parking lot. At no time did Joe attempt to have a student enter his vehicle. The Chief went on to say Joe turned himself into the CPD lobby minutes after the Media conference on Tuesday evening. He has cooperated fully and was charged based on the complete information gathered during the investigation. Joe was cited for Trespass in the 1st Degree and Driving While Revoked. As an added measure of security to protect the well-being of students, Joe was issued a no trespass warning, which prohibits him from being on Columbia Public School property.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL ARRESTS IN AREA

 

The highway patrol reported the following arrests from around the area.  26 year old Luisa L. Barette of Columbia was taken to the Callaway County Jail and later released after being arrested at 5:50 AM Wednesday morning on charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, speeding, failure to register a motor vehicle and no insurance. 32 year old Douglas R. Barnes of Moberly was wanted on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear for Driving while Revoked and a seat belt violation.  He was transported to the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville shortly after being arrested at 2:07 PM Wednesday.

 

YOUNG TURKEY HUNTERS HARVEST 2,540 BIRDS DURING YOUTH WEEKEND

 

According to preliminary data from Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), young turkey hunters harvested 2,540 turkeys during the 2019 spring youth season, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 61 turkeys harvested, Laclede with 56, and Texas with 52. Warm weather and sunny skies helped increase this year’s youth-weekend harvest over last year’s where young hunters checked 1,729 turkeys.

Spring turkey hunting continues with the upcoming regular spring turkey hunting season April 15 through May 5.

 




April 10, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A New Haven man was killed in an accident that occurred at 1:05am Wednesday in Franklin County.  51 year old Brian Luecker was on Missouri 30 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN CALLAWAY COUNTYTUESDAY

 

The patrol said they investigated a crash that happened at the junction of County Roads 304 and 305 at 7:00 Tuesday night. According to the report, 38 year old Johnny L. Stephens of Columbia was eastbound and preparing to make a turn when a westbound auto driven by 25 year old Adarian J. Johnson of Columbia failed to yield and the two vehicles crashed into each other. Johnson had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

 

MOTORCYCLE CRASH MONDAY NIGHT RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES

 

Hannibal man crashed his motorcycle in Marion County on Route KK, four miles south of Palmyra. 27 year old Jared R. Beere of Hannibal received moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Air Evac. The patrol said the wreck occurred Monday night around 7:49 PM as Beere’s was northbound on Route KK.

 

 




April 9, 2019

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A driver was hurt in an accident that occurred at 4:15am Tuesday in Franklin County.  30 year old Andrew Lay of Villa Ridge was on Highway 100 when his car ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail, reentered the roadway, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN COOPER COUNTY WRECK

 

A Jefferson City man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Cooper County.  54 year old Leo Ahlers was on Route B when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected and overturned onto the roadway.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONDS TO GRASS FIRE

 

On Saturday, April 6 at approximately 12:41 PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of Ringo in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found a small grass fire that was being extinguished by the caller and some passersby.  The fire was still found to be burning in a yard and along a fence line.  The fire was contained and extinguished in those areas.  There were no injuries and no personal property damaged. A resident reported burning some yard waste then going over to help a neighbor and noticed the fire had spread to some adjoining property. Firefighters also responded to a large grass fire in Cooper County yesterday afternoon.

 




April 8, 2019

 

DRIVER KILLED TRYING TO OUTRUN AUTHORITIES

 

A New Florence man is dead after trying to outrun authorities in Montgomery County early Sunday morning. The highway patrol said 53 year old Thomas E. Penn of New Florence was being pursued by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department when his vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned multiple times, ejecting the driver. The crash occurred on Hudon Road, 300 feet east of Hudson Street at 2:50 AM Sunday. David Colbert, the Montgomery County Coroner pronounced Penn dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s department indicated they tried to stop Penn on a traffic violation in New Florence. Penn refused to stop and took off at a high rate of speed. His body was transported to Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City.

 

CAR AND MOTORCYCLE COLLIDE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to an injury accident involving a car and a motorcycle late Sunday night. Names were not immediately available but we do know the crash was at the intersection of West Broadway and Strawn Road in Columbia and at least one person was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. No other information was available at the time.

 

COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT IN THE NEWS

 

Columbia Regional Airport has been receiving a lot of publicity, but not the kind they like after the sudden temporary cancellation of flights by regional carriers at COU citing issues with runway issues and safety concerns. The cancellations have caused many people to delay travel plans, work to rebook flights from other airports, and caused frustration and anger. The issue involves concerns with the crown on the main airports runway where it intersects with another runway. COU has been posting updates on their facebook page and are working around the clock to resolve the carriers concerns and resume normal operations as soon as possible.

 




Weekend Report- April 6-7, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A Belle man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at 1:15pm Saturday in Osage County.  51 year old Tommy Wilcox was riding his motorcycle on Route P when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway, strike a ditch and overturned.  He was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Charles woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday evening in St. Charles County.  65 year old Patricia Dziuba was on Highway 94 when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Progress West Hospital for treatment. 

 

MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A St. Louis man was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that two cars were both northbound on the ramp to Lindbergh Blvd from southbound I-270 when the first car driven by 61 year old Terry Hancock began to slow down and was then struck in the rear by the second car driven by 20 year old Connor Sawyer of St. Louis.  Terry Hancock was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




April 5, 2019

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J & SOUTH OUTER ROAD TO CLOSE NEAR DANVILLE

 

Last year Missouri Route 161/Route J in Montgomery County was closed as construction took place to construct a new bridge over Interstate 70 near Danville. Since the completion of the bridge, the roadways have been open to traffic, but some remaining work needs to take place. On Monday, April 8th, the South Outer Road and Route J will close so that earthwork may be completed before the contractor completes remaining asphalt operations. All of this work will take up to 2 weeks to complete, and the roads will remain closed during this time. The ramps and bridge will remain open. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the upcoming closures. While the south outer road is closed, motorists will be detoured to Callaway County Route YY (Exit 161) and to Missouri Route 19.

 

COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON

 

A Kansas City man was transported by Cooper County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after an accident on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 111 mile marker. The highway patrol said the wreck occurred around 3:30 Thursday afternoon when a small pickup driven by 51 year old Thomas L. Scott of Kansas City, MO struck an eastbound semi that was slowing due to traffic congestion. The semi was driven by 28 year old Mitchell B. Heath of Iola, WI. No other injuries were reported.

 

VERY SIMILAR ACCIDENT TO ONE ABOVE IN NEARLY THE SAME SPOT A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR EARLIER

 

The highway patrol was busy in Cooper County Thursday afternoon as an very similar accident took place in nearly the same location in the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Cooper County a little over an hour earlier. The patrol said 59 year old Tenia. S. Briseno of Columbia was eastbound at the 113 mile marker at 2:17 PM Thursday and attempted to slow as an 18 wheeler had came to a stop due to traffic congestion but her vehicle slid into the semi which was driven by 50 year old Matthew T. Glaser of Lohman, MO. Neither driver was injured; however a passenger in the auto that slid into the semi identified as 81 year old Elta A. Johnson of Fulton received serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Cooper County Ambulance. Both wrecks occurred in nearly the same area which the patrol said is a construction zone.

 




April 4, 2019

 

MODERATE INJURIES FOR HOWARD COUNTY MAN WHEN HE CRASHES MOTORCYCLE

 

A 71 year old Fayette man sustained moderate injuries when he failed to negotiate a curve on a Howard County highway.. The patrol said Theodore L. Spayde was westbound on Route EE, 1 mile east of Route W around 4:20 Wednesday afternoon  when his motorcycle went off the right side of the roadway, Spayde was ejected from his motorcycle. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MINOR INJURIES FOR ONE DRIVER WHEN VEHICLES COLLIDE IN INTERSECTION

 

A 25 year old Columbia woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital by Ambulance after her vehicle and another car, driven by 32 year old Megan H. Becwar of Columbia collided in the intersection of Route K and MO 163. That accident was reported at 6:40 AM Wednesday morning.  

 

HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER

 

With 896,570 Missourians labeled as “food insecure” according to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 study, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry families across the state. For the fourth consecutive year, insurance agents are accepting donations from now to April 30 at their local offices to be distributed to Feeding Missouri agencies in their communities. There are more than 1,500 Feeding Missouri locations throughout the state.

While most non-perishable donations are appreciated, some food items allow local pantries to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.  These items include: canned tuna or chicken, boxed or bagged pasta, canned soup or chili, boxed crackers, peanut butter and instant mashed potatoes. Monetary donations are encouraged as well. All checks collected stay in the region. According to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 study, 241,830 Missouri children are experiencing food insecurity.  In the final days of April, each Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance office will take the donations to a local pantry to be weighed. A statewide grand total of donations in pounds will be announced along with the total monetary donations. In 2018, the Home Run Against Hunger campaign garnered nearly 16 tons of food and $6,000.

 

 

 




April 3, 2019

 

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS- UNOFFICIAL

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:

 

The Montgomery County R-2 Tax Levy issue passed by a 54 percent majority in Tuesday’s Municipal Election, while the City of New Florence Alderman Ward 1 race went to Andrew Johnson over Louis Johnson.  Jake Sewell defeated Daryl Goseen Jr. in the City of Wellsville Alderman First Ward race and the City of Wellsville Mayor went to Howard Steele over Paula Adams.   

 

OTHER RACES AND ISSUES:

 

In Lincoln County the R-3 Prop. K.I.D.S. issue failed while R. Gabe Twellman was elected to the Lincoln County R-1 Board of Education.  Jim Schirmer beat Brian Chorley for the City of Hermann Alderman Ward 2 seat, while the bond issue passed by a 53 percent majority and the Gasconade County R-1 Board of Education spots went to Tim Schulte and Dorothy (Dot) Schoening.  The Gasconade County Sales Tax was defeated by a 60 percent margin while the City of Bland Local Use Tax issue failed by a wider margin of 94 percent against it.  All three Proposition issues on the ballot in Jefferson City, Prop. B about term limits, Prop. C the City Prosecutor Question and Prop. D about conflicts of interest passed easily in Tuesday’s Municipal Election.

 

STATE AUDITOR SAYS REVENUE DEPARTMENT BROKE THE LAW

 

Missouri's state auditor says the Revenue Department broke the law and showed a clear pattern of mismanagement by not using a public process to change tax withholding tables. Those tables are used to calculate how much to take from workers' paychecks throughout the year for income taxes and said when the tables were revised, state law was violated as there wasn’t a proposed regulation change which would have allowed for public input. Galloway says the Revenue Department didn't follow state law when it revised those tables in January without proposing a regulation change, which would have allowed for public input. In a response included with the audit, the former director of the department said the agency will work to update state regulations.

 




April 2, 2019

 

TODAY IS THE SPRING MUNICIPAL ELECTION

 

Polls opened at 6 o’clock this morning and will remain open until 7 PM tonight so that voters can cast their ballots on a number of issues of interest. Today is the General municipal election and traditionally the biggest election of the year as far as number of issues to decide. Every county in the state will have races or issues to decide in the April General Municipal election including numerous bond and levy issues along with the traditional school board, county and city government races and so much more. Again, the polls will remain open until  7 o’clock tonight.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARREST MACON MAN ON THEFT CHARGES

 

The Callaway County Sheriff’s office arrested a Macon man for stealing and receiving stolen property this past Thursday. The Callaway County Prosecutor has charged 41 year old Frederick Michael Nerini of Macon with the felony offenses of Stealing and Receiving Stolen Property. Nerini was arrested this past week in Millersburg and additional arrests are possible as authorities continue to investigate the theft of ATV and UTV vehicles on County Road 305 in rural parts of the county and the theft of a trailer west of Fulton. Nerini was still in custody at last report on a $5000.00 bond. The Sheriff’s office says several items that were stolen have been recovered

 

RALLS COUJNTY WRECK RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES FOR HANNIBAL WOMAN

 

The highway patrol investigated another collision involving a deer and a vehicle just after 8:30 Monday morning, this time in Ralls County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 66 year old Patricia K. Egbert of Hannibal was westbound on Route N, 2 miles west of Saverton when she tried to avoid colliding with a deer that was on the roadway. Instead of hitting the deer, her vehicle traveled off the roadway, overturned and struck a utility pole resulting in extensive damage. Egbert received moderate injuries and was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

MISSOURI CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is celebrating National Public Health Week, April 1-7 by highlighting the power of prevention, managing successful public health partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system. NPHW is celebrated each year during the first week of April. This year’s state theme is Missouri’s Call to Action: Public Health Matters.

Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference and it plays a critical role in keeping individuals and communities healthy. Some of the greatest achievements of public health include vaccinations, safer work places, safer and healthier foods, control of infectious diseases, fluoridation of drinking water, public health preparedness and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.

Each day of NPHW 2019, DHSS will focus on a different public health topic to move Missouri forward in bettering the health of its citizens. Monday’s theme was Infant, Child and Adolescent Health; Tuesday’s theme is Opioids, Violence and Suicide Prevention; Wednesday’s theme is Rural Health; Thursday’s theme is Technology and Public Health; and Friday’s theme is Maternal and Women’s Health.

 




April 1, 2019

 

MAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

An Imperial man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Jefferson County.  29 year old Gregory Bridgmon was on Highway M when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the road, run off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TWO CAR COLLISION IN RALLS COUNTY SATURDAY

 

A New London resident and a Hannibal resident were involved in a collision on Friday in Ralls County on Route T, 3 miles south of Hannibal. According to the patrol 66 year old Brenda S. Henderson of New London was Southbound on Route T.  A northbound auto, driven by 17 year old Halley S. Smith of Hannibal attempted to make a left hand turn and turned in the path of the Henderson auto.

 

RANCH WORKER INJURED IN FARM ACCIDENT AT CIRCLE A RANCH

 

This past Friday, at approximately 9:15 am, Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Circle A Ranch, north of Huntsville in reference to a farm accident.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that two employees were using a loader to drive a fence post. The loader bucket slipped off of the fence post, causing one of the employees to fall to the ground and the loader rolled over the subject. The victim was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Randolph County Ambulance District.

 




Weekend Report- March 30-31, 2019

 

FULTON WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Fulton woman was injured in an accident that occurred just before 4pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 56 year old Tracey Duffey of Kennesaw, GA was westbound on I-70 and slowing for traffic when her truck was struck from behind by a car driven by 36 year old Tracy Ferguson of Fulton which in turn was struck in the rear by a car driven by 58 year old Malinda Angel of Fulton.  The only injured was Tracy Ferguson and she was transported by ambulance to Boone Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

An Arnold man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Jefferson County.  39 year old David Rutledge was on Old Highway 21 when his van traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN CRASH

 

Another crash occurred Sunday morning in Jefferson County, this one resulted in minor injuries for the driver as 49 year old Karin Worth of Festus was on Missouri 30 when her car ran off the right side of the road, struck a street sign, an embankment before overturning.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




March 29, 2019

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN THURSDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

Two drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 7:20pm Thursday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 70 year old Sharon Hooper of Imperial was on Highway 30 when she attempted a left turn onto LA Kenny Lane and pulled into the path of a car driven by 54 year old Karen Choate of House Springs and Choate’s car struck Hooper’s car in the passenger side.  Karen Choate sustained serious injuries, while Sharon Hooper suffered minor injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A Warrenton woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in St. Charles County.  24 year old Samantha Hearst was on Highway 364 when her car slid into the center median wall.  She was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An Imperial man was injured in a Thursday morning crash in Jefferson County.  24 year old Jacob Duffel was southbound on I-55 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign, began overturning before striking a rock bluff.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

 




March 28, 2019

 

WEATHER CONCERNS AND ADDITIONAL FLOODING

 

Several rounds of rain are possible between now and early Saturday and the National Weather Service says rainfall amounts of two to three inches are expected which may aggravate current Missouri River flooding issues. Moderate to major river flooding is already occurring along the Missouri from Brownville to Parkville and eastward toward Glasgow and Boonville. The latest forecast is calling for showers and thunderstorms to develop sometime Thursday afternoon and continue off and on through midday Saturday. While there’s a good chance for showers and thunderstorms throughout the period, the best chance is Friday and Friday night. Due to the expected rainfall, the National Weather Service issued a Hydrologic outlook and says the potential is strong for additional flooding and that additional statements, watches and potential flood warnings may in fact be necessary.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A De Soto man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:40am Thursday in Cooper County.  The patrol says that 56 year old Frank Stogsdill was riding his motorcycle on MO 5 when he failed to yield to emergency vehicles and his motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a field entrance, overturned and ejected him from the motorcycle.  He was transported by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

POWER OUTAGE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

 

A major power outage affected a large number of people in Randolph County late Wednesday afternoon and early evening. Ameren UE said a problem developed at a Moberly substation and that was the reason for the power disruption. Several thousand customers were affected including over 1600 customers in southern parts of Moberly and further south. In addition another 1000 plus customers in the Huntsville area, over 800 customers to the east of Moberly and in the Madison area as well as 100 plus customers in the Clark area.

 




March 27, 2019

 

TEACHER RESIGNS AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSUALT

 

A Teacher at the Mendon school district has been charged with having sexual contact with a high school senior. Superintendent Eric Hoyt said Tuesday in a written statement that a staff member involved in a criminal investigation resigned, but did not identify the teacher by name. On Monday, authorities said an arrest warrant for 27 year old Blair Bruner of Marceline had been issued on a felony charge of sexual contact with a student. The warrant carries a $10,000 cash only bond. KMIZ TV report Bruner is accused of sending lewd photos via the social media service Snapchat to a senior at Northwestern R-I High School in Mendon and touching him inappropriately, according to court documents. Bruner was the special education teacher for grades 7-12 at the time the offenses are alleged to have happened, starting in November or December. The school district placed her on paid leave and she was set to resign this month. The alleged crime was discovered when a school board member saw one of the photos on the student's phone and alerted school officials, who then contacted law enforcement, according to the probable cause statement filed in Bruner's case. She started with the Mendon school district this past August, the superintendent told investigators. As of Tuesday, Bruner had not been booked into the Chariton County Jail.

 

MODOT ISSUES WAIVER IN RESPONSE TO FLOODING AND STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

In response to flooding and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Parson over the weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation will allow heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways. The allowance will help get flood-fighting supplies to communities and expedite needed repairs of roads, levees, railroads, etc. While the waiver is in effect, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways. The waiver will remain in effect through April 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

 

  • A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10 percent above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
  • Transportation of rock, sand and gravel only within the state of Missouri;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel is only allowed on non-interstate highways. NO TRAVEL IS ALLOWED ON MISSOURI INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.

For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.

 

INSURANCE TIPS FOR MISSOURIANS AFFECTED BY FLOODING

 

As portions of Missouri continue to deal with severe flooding, the Missouri Department of Insurance reminds consumers who have insurance questions or concerns to contact the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline for assistance at 800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov. The department’s Resources for Flood Victims page answers a variety of frequently asked questions regarding flood damage and related issues.

The Department offers these tips for consumers affected by the flooding:

  • Depending on the severity of your loss, you may want to consider obtaining damage estimates to help you determine whether to file a claim.
  • Contact your insurance agent or your company's toll-free claims number if you determine you do need to file a claim.
  • If you have lost your insurance company's contact information, the department may be able to help you locate it. Contact the department at insurance.mo.gov or by calling 800-726-7390.
  • Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For example, a hole in the roof should be covered by a tarp or other materials to keep out rain and animals. The same goes for a broken car window. Otherwise, further damage will likely not be covered by your insurance policy. Keep the receipts for materials you buy, so you can be reimbursed.
  • Do not make permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the damage. If you do, your company may not reimburse you.
  • Once your claim is processed, get estimates from contractors or auto repair shops known to you or recommended by someone you trust. Be suspicious of strangers who offer to do repairs for you.
  • Do not let contractors inspect your property if you're not watching. Some unscrupulous companies will cause damage to drive up the repair cost, and your insurance company will likely not cover the additional cost.
  • Do not pay the whole repair bill in advance. Pay in full only when the work is completed according to your agreement.
  • Business owners can refer to the department's small business insurance page, which offers information on commercial property, business interruption insurance and more.
  • If you believe your insurance company has improperly handled your claim, file a complaint with us.

 

 




March 26, 2019

 

PATROL AIRCRAFT ASSISTS WITH VEHICLE PURSUIT OF ASSAULT SUSPECTS

This past Sunday afternoon around 1:30 PM, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department contacted the Highway Patrol Troop F communications and requested assistance with a pursuit. The vehicle and occupants were wanted for 2nd degree assault. Initially, the pursuit traveled on Interstate 70 eastbound from the 170-mile marker. The vehicle exited at Missouri Highway 19 and re-entered I-70 westbound. At this time, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department received reports of the passenger brandishing a firearm and the suspect vehicle was reportedly attempting to run other vehicles off the roadway. Patrol aircraft 93MP responded to the area to assist. The aircraft began tracking the vehicle on I-70 westbound at the 143-mile marker, allowing ground vehicles to reduce speed and follow at a safe distance. Near the 121-mile marker, the vehicle struck spikes deployed by a trooper. However, the vehicle regained control and continued westbound. At this time, the pursuit traveled into the Patrol's Troop A area. Troop A officers responded eastbound and deployed spikes east of Missouri Highway J in Saline County. The vehicle struck the spikes and exited onto northbound Hwy J, before coming to a stop. Two occupants were taken into custody without further incident. The subjects were relayed back to Montgomery County and released into the custody of sheriff’s deputies.

 

PERSON WITH GUNSHOT WOUND SHOWS UP AT SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

 

KMIZ TV in Columbia reports Boone County deputies are investigating and said a person showed up to the department headquarters with a gunshot wound. The person arrived at the department building on County Drive around 10 p.m., according to a deputy on scene. The deputy told ABC 17 News that more information would come out through a news release.

 

FIRE ALARM TESTS AT THREE COLUMBIA PARKING GARAGES FRIDAY

 

Annual tests of the fire alarm systems at three parking garages will take place on Friday, March 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The tests will be done on the systems at the Fifth and Walnut, Eighth and Cherry and Short Street garages. The tests will include the brief activation of horns and strobe lights to ensure everything is in proper working order.

 




March 25, 2019

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY MAN IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK

 

The highway patrol said a Moberly man had serious injuries in a single vehicle wreck in Boone County Saturday night around 9:10 PM. The repot indicated, Dennis W. Hay, age 36, of Moberly was southbound on US 63, south of Route H, when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway and crossed a grassy median. The auto then crossed the on-ramp from Route H onto 63, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Hay was transported by Boone County EMS to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DEPUTY STRUCK BY CAR RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

 

A former Kirksville police officer who is now a sheriff's deputy in Moniteau County, Missouri, continues to recover after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. According to KTVO's sister station, KRCG, deputy Jason Partin, 45, of California, Missouri, has been released from the hospital. Partin was conducting a traffic stop Thursday night, when a passing vehicle struck him. According to Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley, Partin was released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Partin is originally from Memphis, Missouri, and graduated from Scotland County High School. He was an officer with the Kirksville Police Department several years ago.

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE MOBERLY POLICE

 

The Moberly Police Department arrested a man who tried to flee on foot Friday night when Police attempted to make a traffic stop around 10:22 PM Friday in the 800 block of St. Charles Street. Police said the driver of the car; 22 year old Joshua Carter exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later. Police found three grams of methamphetamine and two syringes in the vehicle he was driving. Carter was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and felony resisting arrest. Carter is currently on probation for prior drug and burglary convictions. He was being held at the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville on a $20,000 cash only bond.

 




Weekend Report- March 23-24, 2019

TEEN KILLED AND TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was killed and another teen seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20pm Friday in Pike County.  18 year old Kaleo Dade of Bowling Green was on Route E when his car struck a deer in the roadway, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and strike an embankment.  He was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger 17 year old Kyle Horner of Curryville was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

TROY MAN HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A Troy man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Lincoln County.  25 year old Madison Wegrzyn was on Route J when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a mailbox, returned to the road and then traveled off the right side of the road again before hitting an embankment and overturning.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A woman was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 51 year old Jill Vandeel of Nathrop, CO was riding her motorcycle on MO 94 and due to an earlier oil spill, it slid on the road, overturned and ejected her from the motorcycle.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.





March 22, 2019

 

COLUMBIA HOME INVASION CAUGHT ON CAMERA

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion in the 1500 block of Spiros Drive at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Thursday. The investigation revealed that three males forced entry into the residence while brandishing firearms and claiming to be with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The suspects were not wearing clothing that resembled police officers; they were wearing civilian clothing that was described as light-colored hoodies, which they used to conceal their faces. One suspect was wearing camouflage pants, a second suspect was wearing light-colored pants and the third suspect was wearing dark-colored pants. No items were taken and no injuries were reported. The suspects fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. With assistance from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police used a K-9 to track the suspects, but the K-9 lost the scent.  

"Columbia Police Department officers will always be in full uniform when executing a search warrant, which includes the patrol uniform or the tactical uniform. The tactical uniform is identifiable as a police officer from any angle," Lt. Lance Bolinger said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

FMCSA ISSUES EMERGENCY DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF THE MIDWEST FLOODS

 

In response to extensive flooding in the Midwest, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exempted truck drivers involved in flood relief efforts from certain regulations, including hours of service. FMCSA has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Drivers can take advantage of the waiver as long as they are providing direct assistance in support of the flood relief effort, which is in effect until the emergency is over or until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2019, whichever comes first. This emergency declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance to the emergency relief effort while transporting supplies, equipment, fuel and persons into and from the affected States. Commercial motor vehicle operations providing other assistance in the form of emergency services in the affected states are also granted regulatory relief during the emergency.

The emergency order does not exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements.

 

NORTHWESTERN R1 ADOPTS 4 DAY SCHOOL WEEK

 

Next School year, students at Northwestern R-1 will be doing something students before then haven’t done as they will only be attending school four days a week instead of the traditional five. Eric Hoyt, Superintendent and Athletic Director at Northwestern R-I has approved implementation of the plan. That means Northwestern R-1 will feature a 4 day a week calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Board of Education and Administration feel this is a plan that values precious instructional time is fiscally responsible, and is attractive to current teachers and teacher candidates. This plan shows that students will be in class Tuesday through Friday as school will not be in session on Mondays. Hoyt encourages those with questions to contact his office at the school in Mendon by calling (660) 272-3201.

 

 




March 21, 2019

 

GRAIN BELT EXPRESS RECEIVED APPROVAL WEDNESDAY

 

The long fought after GFrain Belt Express was granted approval Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission for an electric transmission line that will transport wind energy from western Kansas through Missouri and on to the East Coast. Even though Proponents of the project have been granted approval, the project is far from complete as the Missouri Landowners Alliance and Eastern Missouri Landowners Alliance said they would appeal the commission’s decision. The groups argue Grain Belt Express is not a public utility under Missouri law. The 780-mile transmission line would go through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The project would make available 500 megawatts of energy for Missouri utilities. The transmission line would cross 206 miles in the Show-Me-State, running through Chariton, Randolph and Monroe counties

 

FLAGS ORDERED TO HALF STAFF IN MISSOURI 

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at government buildings statewide be lowered to half-staff on Thursday to honor Army Reserve Specialist Jackson D. Johnson, of Hillsboro, Mo. He was killed in-the-line-of-duty when the vehicle he was in collided with another vehicle in northern Kuwait on March 5.

 

TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY GROWTH AND MISSOURI

 

The Missouri Chamber Foundation has released a new report that projects Missouri will be among the nation’s top 10 states for technology industry growth over the next five years. The report, written by a nationally-recognized economic consultant, was released Wednesday during the Missouri Chamber’s Technology 2030 Conference in St. Louis. As the industry spreads out from its traditional base in coastal cities, the report says Missouri is well-poised to benefit. The state remains a relatively low-cost option compared to coastal cities. Kansas City and St. Louis have earned national reputations as outstanding locations for tech businesses.

 

MODOT REMINDS MOTORISTS DO NOT IGNORE BARRICADES

 

With numerous state highways in northwest Missouri closed due to flooding, the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding motorists not to move or attempt to drive around barricades that block flooded roads. MoDOT and law enforcement officials report they continue to see drivers either maneuver around the road blocks or move them to get through. Once flood waters have receded, MoDOT crews must clear debris and inspect for any damage before deciding if the road is safe for travel. Once the road is deemed safe, crews will remove the barricades and reopen the route for traffic.

 




March 20, 2019

 

BRIDGE PATCHING PLANNED FOR LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, beginning at 8:00 p.m. tonight, March 20 contractor crews will temporarily close one lane of Interstate 70 in Montgomery County at Loutre River Bridge, located west of Danville, for bridge patching. The lane will reopen at 5:30 a.m. on March 21. Work will continue and one lane will close again at 8:00 p.m. on March 21, and reopen at 5:30 a.m. on March 22. Please use caution if you will be traveling through this area. Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 12:45pm Tuesday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 33 year old Travis Hutton of St. Charles was on US 67 when his Dodge Caravan ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Barnes Jewish Hospital with serious injuries, while his passenger 29 year old Sara Stiles of Dow, IL was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

  

MAN INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT INCIDENT

 

A man was injured in a Monday night incident in Pike County.  27 year old Nathaniel Kinder of Wellsville was a passenger in a Mack truck driven by 51 year old Derrick Reading of Vandalia.  When the truck lost its brakes, Kinder jumped from the moving vehicle.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Boone County.  65 year old Ronald Clawson of Sedalia was on Route E when he experienced a medical emergency, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, became airborne, hit the ground and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




March 19, 2019

 

I-70 CRASH INVOLVING CAR AND TRACTOR TRAILER INJURES COLUMBIA WOMAN

 

The patrol investigated another crash involving a car and a tractor trailer unit at 11:50 Monday morning. The patrol said 40 year old Holana B Kumissa of Kansas City, MO was eastbound in a tractor trailer attempting to merge into the passing lane when the tractor trailer struck another eastbound auto that was already in that lane. That vehicle was driven by 20 year old Kenlyn M. Shettlesworth of Columbia. The impact resulted in the Shettlesworth auto going off the eastside of the highway and into the median, striking the median cable. Shettlesworth was transported by private auto to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

FUGITIVE BACK IN CUSTODY

 

Multiple officers from the Adair County Sheriff's Office and Kirksville Police Department apprehended Adam Greathouse, 29, of Novinger, in Kirksville just before 3 p.m. on Monday. The suspect was wanted on a probation arrest warrant and had been actively avoiding contact with law enforcement. Sheriff Robert Hardwick told KTVO authorities received a tip that Greathouse was at a home at the corner of Illinois and Bradford streets. Officers from both agencies stormed that home and found Greathouse hiding in a room in the basement. He was taken into custody. Hardwick said Greathouse had taken off on foot into a wooded area southwest of Novinger last Friday afternoon. He jumped out of his car and ran when a deputy tried to approach him. Law enforcement officers were unable to locate him during a brief manhunt that afternoon.

 

SATURATION PATROLS DURING PAST WEEKEND YIELDED RESULTS

 

The efforts of the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Missouri Police Department to increase patrol during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend of March 16 and 17, focusing on impaired drivers yielded positive results. During the saturation patrol, a total of 50 traffic stops were conducted. Of the 50 traffic stops, six drivers performed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Two drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, two drug arrests were made, two Driving While Suspended/Revoked arrests were made and one stolen firearm was recovered. The Columbia Police Department wants to remind everyone that there are simple things that you can do if you have been consuming alcoholic beverages:

 

Agree on a sober chauffeur before you begin drinking, and that person is the only person that has the car keys.

Never drink on an empty stomach.

If you are drinking at a friend’s house, stay the night so you aren’t tempted to drive home.

Call a taxi or rideshare service.

Remember, Think before you drink!

 

 




March 18, 2019

 

FUGITIVE STILL ON THE LOOSE

 

KTVO & KTVO dot com is reporting the Adair County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in locating a fugitive. Authorities are trying to track down Adam Greathouse, 29, from the Novinger area. He is wanted on a probation arrest warrant. Greathouse is 6'4" tall, weighing 230 pounds. He was seen on Friday wearing a gray sweatshirt. He has been actively avoiding contact with law enforcement. Greathouse was spotted southwest of Novinger on Friday afternoon. The Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a manhunt. Officers used a K-9 unit to try and track down Greathouse who had bailed out of his car in that area. The sheriff said they were searching an area south of Highway 6 between Billy Creek Trail and Campbell Cemetery Trail. The manhunt was called off around 3:30 p.m. Friday. If you know his whereabouts, you are asked to call (660) 665-5621. Officers said Greathouse is not considered armed or dangerous.

 

HOUSE FIRE NEAR BRASHEAR SATURDAY

 

KTVO also said a house fire closed a state highway Saturday afternoon as fire crews battled the blaze. Firefighters were called to a white house on Highway 6 on the west side of Brashear on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Two occupants made it out of the home safely with no injuries. The house is considered to be a total loss. Early indications of what started the fire point to a wood stove, but investigations are still being conducted to determine the official cause.  Fire departments from Kirksville, Adair County, Hurdland and La Plata all responded to the scene. Highway 6 through Brashear was blocked for a few hours as crews battled the flames.

 

MOBERLY POWER OUTAGE DUE TO MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 

A post on social media Saturday morning at 1016 AM said Moberly Police and Fire units have cleared the scene, but the road is still closed until Ameren is able to replace the pole and power is restored. Earlier a post was made that the Moberly Police and Fire Departments were currently on the scene of a one vehicle accident in the 600blk of Taylor St. The vehicle struck a telephone pole, which has caused power outage in the same area. Residents are asked to stay away from the area

 




Weekend Report- March 16-17, 2019

 

MAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 8:20am Friday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Brian Dodge of Perry was on MO 161 when the towed unit of the tractor trailer crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 39 year old Jason Roark of Bellflower.  Jason Roark was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

An Eldon woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Miller County.  31 year old Wendi Surface was on US 54 when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, she overcorrected, causing it to return to the roadway and then went off the right side of the road and overcorrected again and then it impacted an embankment and overturned.  She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN CRASH

 

Both drivers from Jefferson City were injured, one seriously in a Friday morning crash in Cole County.  24 year old Shimera Coleman was eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 54 when her car struck a truck driven by 30 year old Jason Stevens head-on.  The woman was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries, while the man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of minor injuries. 

 




March 15, 2019

 

FLOODING AFFECTING RESIDENTS NEAR THE MISSOURI RIVER

 

The National Weather Service said the Missouri River reached flood stage at Boonville Thursday afternoon, and will continue to rise through Sunday morning and stay above flood stage all next week. Heavy rain and melting snow has caused rivers and streams in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri to rise, feeding the lower Missouri. The flooding issues will be aggravated by an announcement Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dramatically increase water releases from Gavin’s Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota. Tom Waters, chair of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, said the release will make flooding worse in Boonville but will have the biggest impact in northwest Missouri. Water coming in from tributaries that feed the river upstream from Boonville, like the Chariton and Grand Rivers, are the biggest contributors currently to the river’s rise in central Missouri. Howard and Cooper Counties among others are under flood warnings from the National Weather Service, and those warnings continue until further notice. The National Weather Service forecast for the coming week is for dry and cool weather throughout central Missouri.

 

DON’T PRESS YOUR LUCK THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

If your weekend plans include having a few drinks while watching some live basketball action or bending an elbow at your local Irish bar, make sure it also includes a sober ride home. Law enforcement agencies across Missouri will be participating in additional patrols to prevent the often deadly consequences of impaired driving. Their message is clear: drive sober or get pulled over. Based on preliminary 2018 data, 184 people were killed and 531 more were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorists of the various options available to get everyone home safe. Designating a sober driver, calling a cab or using public transportation are just a few of those options. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different. 

Besides driving completely sober from alcohol and drugs, motorists are also advised to put their cell phones down while driving and always buckle up – everyone, every trip, every time.  

 

ROUTE 87 IN HOWARD COUNTY TO CLOSE

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace culvert pipes in various locations along Route 87 in Howard County from Wednesday, March 20 through Thursday March 28. The work will close Route 87 between U.S. Route 40 and County Road 332 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Message boards will advise motorists of the closures and detour routes. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.

 




March 14, 2019

 

FIRE EXPLOSION IN MARTINSBURG TUESDAY AFTERNOON

 

A fire explosion at a welding store in Martinsburg Tuesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital.  According to komu.com in Columbia the fire erupted at around 1:30pm Tuesday in Fennewald Custom Welding in Martinsburg.  Fire officials said that 6 people were inside the building when the blast occurred.  The Wellsville Optic-News reported the business owner; Craig Fennewald was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of burns he sustained in the explosion.  The building was destroyed and the investigation continues into what caused the blast.

 

HIGH WINDS TAKE DOWN POWER POLES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 

High winds Wednesday afternoon knocked down utilities poles that affected a large part of the northeast section of Columbia. At one time 1200 customers were without power and about 80 customers of Boone Electric were also affected due to power poles that were down along Mexico Gravel Road. City and Boone Electric Crews were still working to restore service late Wednesday night.

 

LANE RESTRICTIONS PLANNED FOR THURSDAY FOR FORUM BOULEVARD IN COLUMBIA

 

The City of Columbia Public Works Department plans to repair potholes on Forum Boulevard beginning Thursday morning at 6 a.m., weather permitting. The road is also being inspected for possible water leaks under the pavement surface. This work will result in lane restrictions on Forum Boulevard, between Forum Katy Parkway and Mills Drive, throughout the day. Motorists, pedestrians and non-motorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone.

 




March 13, 2019

 

ST PATRICK’S SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department will be joining law enforcement across the country in the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign.  MPSD’s participation will consist of saturation patrols in Mexico during specific timeframes with enforcement geared at removing impaired drivers from the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the two day St. Patrick’s holiday counting period from 2014 to 2017, an average of 37% of all crash fatalities involved an impaired driver, with impaired driving fatalities totaling 234 people.  2017 saw 59 people killed in that two-day period.

 

DRUG RAID IN HANNIBAL

 

KTVO’s sister station KHQA reports an early morning drug raid lands four people behind bars facing several charges. According to Hannibal Police, as part of their focused efforts to hinder heroin distribution in the city of Hannibal, officers with the Hannibal Police Department Anti-Crime Enforcement Squad (ACES) and Special Response Team, served a search warrant Friday, March 8 on a residence in the 700 block of Church St.  Located in the search was a large amount of what is believed to be heroin, Scales and packaging materials, 2 handguns, cocaine paraphernalia and a small amount of what is believed to be marijuana.

 

The four suspects and their charges are listed below:

 

Reginald D. Hilton Jr., 23, of Hannibal was arrested on Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Reginald Hilton Sr.,51, of Hannibal was arrested on Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Demetrea Hilton, 53, of Syracuse NY was arrested on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Lexsys R. Dowty 20, of Hannibal was arrested on Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Receiving Stolen Property, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Reginald Hilton Sr. and Demetrea Hilton were released pending Prosecutor review.

Reginald Hilton Jr. and Dowty were placed on 24-hour holds at the Marion County Jail.

 

HOUNDS HEADED TO HUTCH

 

Congratulations and best wishes to the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds as they have once again advanced to the NJCAA D1 National Tournament in Hutch. This year’s tournament is scheduled for March 18th – 23rd at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas.

 




March 12, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING APPARENT HOMICIDE/SUICIDE

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a residence located at 5704 Kelsey Drive to investigate a death on Monday at approximately 8:30 a.m. Officers located an elderly married couple inside the residence. Each individual had evidence of a fatal gunshot wound. The husband called 911 and stated his wife was deceased. When officers arrived they found the husband deceased as well. The initial investigation indicates that the husband’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The investigation is ongoing but Police believe evidence points to apparent homicide and self-inflicted gunshot wound.. Next of kin has been notified. The couple has been identified as 79 year old Wayne Trentman and 83 year old Mary Trentman of Columbia.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

BODY OF MISSING COLUMBIA MAN FOUND IN MILLER COUNTY

 

The Miller County Sheriff’s office says the body of a Columbia man who had been reported missing approximately a month was located this past Thursday. 41 year old Aaron Brantley was reported missing on February 9th by his wife. Three people were soon arrested after Brantley’s body was found and they were officially charged yesterday. The Miller County Sheriff's office says the body of 41-year-old Aaron Brantley was found Thursday near Brumley, in Miller County and that the preliminary investigation revealed he died of a gunshot wound. According to a probable cause statement a witness came forward and told local authorities that Brantley was shot and killed at the residence of one of the suspects near Kaiser. MO. Christopher English of Eldon, William Lucas and Daniel Cole, both of Kaiser were charged Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.  

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING FUGITIVE

 

This past Friday, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox posted a release seeking tips on a fugitive who may possibly be in Livingston or surrounding counties. According to the news release posted on the sheriff’s department website, 36 year old Jason D. Brodie of Liberal, MO is wanted by Jasper County authorities on an active felony arrest warrant on two class B felony allegations of Child Molestation – 1st degree with a bond listed at $75,000. Brodie is described as being a white male, about 5’8, 180 pounds, brown hair and green eyes. A picture of the suspect is posted on the sheriff’s department website. Cox said the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has been in contact with Jasper County authorities about this fugitive and is asking for public assistance in locating Mr. Brodie.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brodie are asked to immediately call their local law enforcement agency.

 




March 11, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ACCIDENT

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Scott Boulevard and West Southview Drive for a report of a head-on motor vehicle crash with serious injuries Saturday afternoon shortly after 2PM which resulted in the roadway being closed for several hours. 33 year old David Earls of Columbia was in Vehicle One and 32 year old Christine Deleiko of Eureka, MO was driving vehicle two. There were also three other passengers in vehicle two. The crash occurred when Vehicle 1 was driving northbound on Scott Boulevard near West Southview Drive in the southbound lane and Vehicle 2 was driving southbound on Scott Boulevard in the southbound lane. Vehicle 2 attempted to avoid Vehicle 1 by changing into the northbound lane, but Vehicle 1 also changed into the northbound lane where Vehicle 1 collided with the front of Vehicle 2. Police say it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

 

RESENT DRUG BUST IN EDINA YIELDS DRUGS AND MORE!

 

KTVO & KTVO dot com reports an Edina woman is behind bars following a drug bust after a confidential informant tipped police off. According to The Edina Sentinel, the Edina Police Department, The North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Knox County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant Wednesday night at a home at 406 West Monticello Street in Edina. That search warrant yielded over three grams of meth. The drug raid also yielded items used in the sale and distribution of meth including baggies and digital scales. Edina police also seized drug Paraphernalia, which field tested positive for meth. As a result, Cheyanne Goodwin, 28, of Edina, was arrested. She was charged Thursday with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and she is being held on $10,000 cash-only bond. According to court documents obtained by The Edina Sentinel, the drug bust was the result of information obtained from an unnamed informant who allegedly bought drugs from Goodwin on Monday. The Missouri Division of Child Services was also called to the scene to take custody of two children living at the home. The home Goodwin was living belongs to the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency with the purpose of providing safe, affordable housing for families. According to a representative of the agency, this isn't the first time this house has been involved in a drug investigation, and that spokesperson said the house will be secured by the agency.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK WEST OF CLIFTON HILL SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL

 

The highway patrol said a two car collission in Randolph County on US 24, two miles west of Clifton Hill at 8:25 PM Saturday night sent three people to area hospital. According to the report, 22 year old Austin C. Skelton of Moberly was eastbound and crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a vehicle driven by 32 year old Tara M. Clater of Hale. Both drivers who had moderate injuries, along with a 3 year old who had minor injuries and an occupant in the Skelton auto and son of the driver were transported by Chariton County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

  




March 8, 2019

 

WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was killed in an accident that occurred after 8am Thursday in Franklin County.  55 year old Patricia Jung of Grubville, MO was on Route FF when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturn.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Another wreck occurred in Franklin County, this one involved a man sustaining serious injuries as 48 year old Walter Sutton of St. Clair was on Old Mount Hope Road when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.  The wreck occurred just after 10am Thursday.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An Imperial driver was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County.  48 year old Lisa Sulin was southbound on I-55 when she lost control on the wet roadway, causing her truck to travel off the right side of the road, strike a culvert and highway sign before overturning.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




March 7, 2019

 

VEHICLE CHASE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

 

The highway patrol investigated a wreck in Montgomery County on MO 19, a half a mile north of I-70 early Thursday morning. According to the report, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Dustin A. Lambert of Clarksville, TN was northbound in the southbound lane and was being pursued by an officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. As the northbound vehicle was traveling in the southbound lane, a sheriff’s department vehicle driven by 45 year old Thomas N. Mayes of Wellsville struck the rear of the Lambert auto to prevent it from striking another vehicle. A passenger in the auto being pursued, 34 year old Jessie M. Bell of Mexico has minor injuries and was transported by  Montgomery County EMS to SSM Health – St Mary’s Hospital – Audrain for treatment. No other information was included in the accident report. That incident occurred at 12:36 AM Thursday morning.

 

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN DRUG BUST

 

Last Friday, March 1st, during the afternoon hours, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 1100 block of North Washington Street in Mexico. As a result of the search warrant methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia used in the illegal use and distribution of controlled substances was located and seized. Holly Renee Blankenship, age 38, of Mexico was arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Blankenship was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in a County Jail after being found with additional methamphetamine secreted on her person upon her arrival at the jail. At last report Blankenship remains in the Audrain County Jail on a $10,000 bond. In addition, 31 year old Homer Lee Allen Junior, of Williamsburg was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in the Audrain County Jail on $2,500 bond.

 

TWO COLUMBIA SCHOOL BUSES INVOLVED IN WRECK BUT NO STUDENTS INJURED

 

Columbia TV Station KMIZ is reporting two Columbia Public Schools buses were involved in a crash on Providence Road at Interstate 70 on Wednesday afternoon but no students were injured. The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. and delayed traffic at the busy interchange. A Silver SUV and a bus were towed from the scene and first responders had to clear debris from the road and put down materials to soak up liquids. No other information was readily available.

 




March 6, 2019

 

FULTON MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL COURT TUESDAY

 

A Fulton man will be spending a long time behind bars after being sentenced to 30 years without parole by a federal judge Tuesday. 28 year old Russell Dean Moore was the man who shot at law enforcement officers and other motorists during a high speed chase back in 2016 after Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stolen vehicle report when a woman reported her jeep, firearms and other items had been stolen. That next morning the vehicle was spotted in the parking lot at Midway Travel Center and the chase began and continued into southern Columbia. Eventually the chase moved back onto I-70 and into Callaway County where the vehicle ran out of gas on a Callaway County road and Moore and a female companion were arrested. He pleaded guilty in 2018 to two counts of destruction of a motor vehicle, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of knowingly possessing a stolen gun and his sentencing hearing was held Tuesday in Federal District Court.

 

MARSHALL WOMAN MODERATELY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Marshall woman, 58 year old Joyce C. Barnard received moderate injuries in a Cooper County wreck shortly after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. The patrol said the accident occurred on Eastbound I-70 near the 112 mile marker when her vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and slid. Her auto struck a mile marker sign and continued sliding. It then overturned and struck a tree. Barnard was transported by Cooper County Ambulance personnel to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MOBILE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE IN KIRKSVILLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

 

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports crews battled a mobile home fire late Tuesday afternoon in Kirksville. The blaze was reported just before 4:15 p.m., at the corner of Northtown Road and Osteopathy Street. When KTVO arrived on scene, the single-wide trailer was fully engulfed. Police directed traffic around the area, and motorists were advised to find an alternate route. Personnel told KTVO they were not aware of anyone being in the trailer when the fire broke out. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. A local fire investigator was also on scene.

 




March 5, 2019

 

TODAY IS THE STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL

 

This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week and the Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for today at 10 am. Outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios across the state will sound, signaling the beginning of the statewide tornado drill and indicating that Missourians should practice taking shelter. You’re reminded that if a tornado shelter is not available, the safest shelter location is a windowless basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. Put as many walls between you and the tornado. Most local and county areas, schools, media and many others use the drill to test emergency preparedness measures. Again, this morning at 10 am is when the test is expected to be conducted. Severe Weather Preparedness week continues through March 9th.

 

CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK UNDERWAY

 

March 4th through the 9th is also Consumer Protection Week and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a release to promote, discuss and highlight the work that the Consumer Protection Section does to protect Missourians from scams and fraud. The Missouri Attorney General office typically joins other Attorney Generals from across the nation, plus other partners such as the Federal Trade Commission in promoting Consumer Protection Week.

 

COMO POLICE IDENTIFY MAN FOUND DECEASED IN RESTAURANT

 

The Columbia Police Department has identified the individual who was found deceased in a restaurant on I-70 Drive Southeast on February 18th. During the investigation, CPD was able to determine that the individual made an entry while the business was closed in what appeared to be an attempted burglary. CPD was unable to immediately identify the deceased individual. Fingerprints were collected and sent to a national database for identification purposes. Using the information received from the national database, CPD was able to identify the individual as being a foreign national from Vietnam. Detectives are still attempting to notify next of kin. 

 

FORMER CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLECTOR SENTENCED MONDAY TO PRISON

 

The former Callaway County Collector who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $300,000 was sentenced on Monday to nearly 30 months in prison. Pam Oestreich resigned her position as County Collector after bank employees noted strange activity and a county prosecutor brought it to the attention of the Sheriff’s Department who called in the FBI. In addition to prison time, the judge ordered Oestriech to pay $379,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised probation on her release.

 

 




March 4, 2019

 

FLAMES VISIBLE FOR SEVERAL MILES WHEN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RUPTURES

 

Officials are still trying to determine what caused a Natural Gas Pipeline to rupture and explode near Mexico early Sunday morning. Flames from the massive fire could be seen several miles. The Mexico Public Safety Department confirmed that there had been a pipeline fire around 4:17 AM and the Little Dixie Fire Department who provides fire protection services to the area also confirmed the explosion was a pipeline fire and that the pipeline had been shut off. The pipeline is owned by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline L.L.C. out of Dallas. The pipeline company has been cited several other times and is the same company involved in pipeline incidents in the Fayette and Hughesville, MO areas.  It was also reported a small number of homes in the area lost power and as of 6:45 am fire crews said a construction site and a stretch of highway 15 was damaged and that highway 15 will remain closed pending repairs.

 

SUNDAY FIRE NEAR HALLSVILLE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME AND CAMPER

 

Firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District battled a fire in the 9500 block of Owens School Road, east of Hallsville Sunday afternoon. Crews reported 1 mobile home and 1 camper were fully involved. A tweet shortly after 1pm Sunday said 3 engines, 4 water tankers, 1 rescue squad, 3 brush trucks and 1 BCH-EMS ambulance were dispatched to the scene and fire personnel were using brush trucks to access the blaze. Doug Westhoff, an Assistant Fire Chief said a man was using a torch trying to thaw frozen water lines in the RV and that’s how the fire started.  That individual was also burned according to reports but were not life threatening.

 

TWO CAR CRASH SOUTH OF MACON SUNDAY MORNING

 

A two vehicle collision just after 9am Sunday in Macon County resulted in moderate injuries for a Kingdom City resident. The patrol said 29 year old Thomas E. Shull of Kingdom City was northbound on US 63, two miles south of Macon when his vehicle rear ended another northbound auto driven by 71 year old Stephen E. Gant of Durand, IL. Following impact, both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder. Neither driver was injured, however a passenger in the Shull vehicle, 29 year old Crystal M. Shull sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Macon County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s office.

 




Weekend Report- March 2-3, 2019

 

MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:45pm Friday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Jason Kruse of Bland, MO was on MO 28 when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Phelps Health Center in Rolla for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Versailles woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Morgan County.  56 year old Lisa Clark was on MO 5 when her car slid off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned.  She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

An Owensville driver was hurt in a Saturday night crash in Gasconade County.  24 year old Eric Salamone was on Michael Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and strike a ditch.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

 




March 1, 2019

 

TWO FULTON SISTERS INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

 

The patrol reports a single vehicle accident at 7:30 AM Thursday morning on Route J, just south of County Road 362 resulted in minor injuries to two sisters from Fulton. According to the report 15 year old Tina J. Killion was southbound when the crash occurred. Her vehicle slid on the ice covered roadway. The vehicle went off the left side of the highway, struck a ditch and an embankment resulting in minor injuries for the driver and her sister, 18 year old Kaia O. Killion of Fulton who was a passenger. Both were transported by Ambulance to Capital Regional Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.

 

SHOTS FIRED AT HOUSE IN MEXICO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a report of gunshots being heard in the area of Quantico in Mexico around 4:17 yesterday (THURS) morning. Investigation revealed the shots were actually fired several blocks away, in the 900 block of Latney. According to witness information, subjects in a small black four-door sedan shot at a house on that block several times. No one was injured during the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 800- 392- TIPS, or reach out to the Mexico Public Safety Department directly by calling 573-473-5800.

 

THE 22ND ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL MATH TOURNAMENT SET FOR SATURDAY

 

In partnership with MathLeague.org, St. Charles Community College will host the 22nd annual area high school math tournament from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

The tournament is open to any area high school student – grades 9-12 – who is interested in participating.

 

Registration will run from 8-9 a.m. in the dining area of the Student Center. Testing will follow from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Administration Building (ADM). Awards will be given out at 1 p.m. in the Student Center dining area.

 

Each participant will have a low fee of $1.50, thanks to a Foundation mini-grant.

 

For more information, contact Joe Howe at 636-922-8318 or jhowe@stchas.edu.

 

 




February 28, 2019

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN CRASH

 

Two Montgomery County residents were involved in a single vehicle accident in Lafayette County shortly after noon Wednesday. The patrol said 22 year old Amber R. Griswold of New Florence was eastbound on I-70 when she lost control of her vehicle and it traveled into the median. Griswold and a passenger, 39 year old Jeffrey M. Canter of Montgomery City both had minor injuries and were transported by Lafayette County EMS to Lafayette Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

AREA RESIDENTS ARRESTED BY STATE TROOPERS

 

At 8:37 AM Wednesday morning, a Rush Hill resident, 35 year old Joshua B. Sewell was taken to the Audrain County jail on a felony St. Charles Department of Corrections warrant for endangering the welfare of a child-1stdegree. At 1:17 PM Wednesday afternoon, 17 year old Marquan Pitre of Boonville was transported to the Boone County jail after being picked upon a misdemeanor Cooper County traffic offense warrant. And a Louisiana man, 38 year old Michael P. Johnson was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Ralls County jail at 10:13 last (WED) night for First offense DWI.

 

STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL

 

Even though it doesn’t feel like spring when you step outside, it’s time for the annual Statewide Tornado Drill. Next week if the weather permits, the drill will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at 10 AM.  The Boone County office of Emergency Management reminds residents it’s a good time to practice taking cover in a basement, bathroom or closet away from windows and to review emergency preparedness kits and plans. If there is any severe weather in Missouri on Tuesday, the drill will be rescheduled for Thursday March 7th. Due to the statewide drill, the normal Monthly test for the City of Moberly will be moved to Wednesday March 6th.

 




February 27, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ASK FOR HELP IDENTIFYING BURGLARY SUSPECT

 

The Columbia Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday, Feb. 23. Two subjects burglarized businesses at 3910 Peachtree Dr., including; 44 Stone Public House, The Trove Salon, The French Laundry and Alteration and The Axe House. CPD is asking for the community's assistance identifying the subject below who was captured on video surveillance inside one of the businesses. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652, or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in St. Louis County.  29 year old Kelvin Walker was westbound on I-70 when he lost control of his car and it traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median before going off the right side of the roadway.  He was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH

 

A St. Clair driver was injured in a Monday night crash in Franklin County.  36 year old Christopher Cromwell was on Highway 100 when his truck ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




February 26, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY EXTINGUESES SMALL FIRE

 

On Saturday night at approximately 10:32PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of N Olive in reference to a fire in a home.  The caller reported hearing the basement smoke detector sounding and finding a fire in the area of the water heater.  Responding personnel shut off the natural gas to the water heater and extinguished the burning material around it.  There was no other damage and no injuries from the event.

 

MARSHALL DRIVER HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN COOPER COUNTY

 

The patrol said a 16 year old Marshall driver received moderate injuries when her auto traveled off Old 40 highway, just west of Timberlake Court in Cooper County just after 4pm Monday. According to the report, 16 year old Taryn L. Johnson of Marshall was westbound when the crash occurred. Her auto went off the road, struck a metal culvert, became airborne and struck the ground. She was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

POLO MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Jay C. Guhlke, 33, of Polo, Missouri, on Friday, for promoting and possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, investigators executed a search warrant at Guhlke’s residence located on South Highway 13, in Polo. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. While the search was being executed at Guhlke’s residence, additional officers located the suspect in Gallatin, Missouri. Investigators executed a second search warrant on electronic equipment, which was on his person. As a result of their search, additional child pornography and computer equipment were seized. Guhlke was arrested and transported to the Daviess County Jail. The Daviess County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Guhlke with promoting child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $100,000. The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

 

 




February 25, 2019

 

ARREST MADE IN DEADLY COLUMBIA CRASH

 

The suspect in the fatal crash on West Boulevard in Columbia turned himself in on Sunday.  Columbia Police confirmed they took Lukas E. Evans, 20, of Columbia into custody on Sunday on    charges of Murder in the 2nd Degree and Leaving Scene Of Accident - Property Damage Exceeding $1,000.The arrest was in relation to a head-on vehicle collision between Evans and Jordan E. Hoyt, 37, Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 16. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where Hoyt was later pronounced dead as a result of her injuries.

 

LEWISTOWN RESIDENT INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

The highway patrol said a Lewistown resident was hurt in an ATV accident on private property, 1 mile southwest of Lewistown at 11:35 am Sunday morning. According to the report 12 year old Randall L. Routt was riding the ATV in a pasture when the vehicle overturned and came to rest on top of the driver. Routt was transported by Lewis County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and Lewistown Fire Department provided on scene assistance.

 

FORMER SHERIFF OF KNOX COUNTY FACING NEW CHARGES                                                                                                                                                             

 

A former northeast Missouri sheriff is in trouble with the law again. Former Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker, 51, of Rutledge, Missouri, is now charged with Taking Wildlife Illegally and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by discharging it along a roadway. Both charges are misdemeanors. Becker was forced to resign as sheriff in December 2018 after pleading guilty to charges of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Assault. Investigators said the latest crimes he is charged with happened on December 26, 2018, exactly one week after his guilty pleas in the other case. According to court documents, two Missouri conservation agents interviewed Becker after a resident reported that he saw Becker discharge a firearm while standing along Tomahawk Street, west of Knox County Route E, when Becker was hunting with his brother and son. Court papers state that Becker admitted to the agents that he had done that. The former sheriff is due in Knox County Court on March 5, 2019, for his arraignment.

 




Weekend Report- February 23-24, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 8:15am Saturday in Cole County.  86 year old Claude Davidson of Lake Ozark was on US 54 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where he died from his injuries a short time later.

 

WOMAN HURT IN GASCONADE COUNTY WRECK

 

A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 39 year old Terry Thomas of Hermann was stopped on MO 100 when her car was struck in the rear by a car driven by 26 year old Denise Weir of Hermann.  Terry Thomas was taken to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Columbia driver was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Boone County.  48 year old Brodieas Rolley was on US 63 when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck the median cable barrier and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

 




February 22, 2019

 

COLUMBIA HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS ONE & SERIOUSLY INJURES ANOTHER

 

One person is dead and another seriously injured in a head-on collision on WW, near Hominy Creek Bridge in Columbia Thursday morning. Columbia Police say 79 year old Eunice G. McCaleb of Fulton was eastbound, crossed the centerline and hit another auto driven by 24 year old Wendy V. Garcia-Raygoza of Columbia head-on. Both were transported to the hospital where Garcia-Raygoza was pronounced dead. McCaleb had serious injuries. A third vehicle driven by 31 year old Jared H. Ingalls struck the McCaleb vehicle after the initial impact. He was not hurt. Police say icy road conditions may have played a role in the crash. That accident occurred at 7:48 am Thursday morning.

 

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR BOARDS & COMMISSIONS IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions. Boards and commissions are a way for citizens to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members. Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Office, 701 E. Broadway, second floor, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Applications are available at the Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website at CoMo.gov on the City Council page. The following are current boards and commissions openings:  


·         Citizens Police Review Board
·         City of Columbia New Century Fund Inc. Board
·         Commission on Human Rights
·         Public Transit Advisory Commission
·         Tax Increment Financing Commission
·         Tobacco Retailer License Review Board

To view a brief description and eligibility requirements, visit CoMo.gov/Council/Vacancies or contact the Clerk's Office.

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE HOWARD COUNTY ROADS

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will replace culvert pipes on two Howard County roads next week:

 

  • Route V between County Road 237 and County Road 259. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

  • Route H between County Road 134 and County Road 247. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

The work is dependent on favorable weather conditions. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas.  

 




February 21, 2019

 

MAN HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Villa Ridge man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 5:15am Thursday in Franklin County.  66 year old Robert Smith was on St. Mary’s Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and it traveled off the left side of the roadway, through a yard and struck a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Bowling Green woman was injured in a Wednesday morning accident in Pike County.  59 year old Pamela Betz was on Highway 54 when her Ford Ranger ran off the north side of the road and struck a tree.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST RETURNS TO COLUMBIA

 

The True/False Film Fest takes center stage throughout downtown Columbia February 28th through March 3rd.  This four-day celebration of art and life showcases some of the most thought-provoking non-fiction filmmaking from across the globe.  In addition to having over 50 films, there will be over 40 different musicians and musical groups performing throughout the extended weekend before films, along the sidewalks and during the festival's 10 different concerts.  Don’t miss it, the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, February 28th through March 3rd.

 




February 20, 2019

 

TWO INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two Wright City residents were injured in an accident that occurred at 11:10am Monday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 65 year old Roger Null was on North Lohman Road and driving too fast for road conditions when his car began to slide as it rounded a downhill curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole guy wire and then overturned, coming to rest on its right side.  He along with his passenger 65 year old Gladys Null were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Union woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County.  64 year old Teresa Johnson was on Massey Ford Road when her car ran partially off the right side of the road, struck a large tree and came to rest facing south.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

TRENTON BUILDINGS DESTROYED BY FIRE

 

The 600 block of Main Street in Trenton was closed after a fire destroyed two buildings in downtown area and damaged one other structure. The blaze was reported shortly after 4pm Monday and heavy smoke and heat was reported when firemen arrived. The buildings are across the street from the Trenton Law Enforcement Center. Trenton Firemen remained on the scene spraying water on the nearby Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce/License Bureau office building located at 617 Main Street in Trenton which is adjacent to the two buildings that were involved in the fire and the extent of damage to the State License office and Chamber of Commerce has not be determined.  The buildings housed Cut & Curls Beauty Shop and the other was the location for This and That Pawn Shop and Antiques. The buildings partially collapsed during the fire and at last word the area remains blocked off. Reports indicate the Chamber and the License Bureau office will remain closed until another location is secured. The investigation continues into the cause of the fire. No one was injured.

 




February 19, 2019

 

WEATHER MAKING THE NEWS AGAIN

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire listening area and much of the Midwest is under some type of winter weather advisory or warning. For our area, accumulating snowfall is expected from this evening through early Wednesday morning as a storm system moves over the area. After a period of moderate to occasionally heavy snow tonight, precipitation is expected to change over to light freezing rain and drizzle during the predawn hours on Wednesday. Accumulating snow combine with light icing will lead to hazardous travel conditions for the morning commute on Wednesday. How much snow? Right now most of the area will see snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches. Light Snow will again be possible in parts of the area this weekend and minor accumulations are possible. Most of North Central, Northeast and Northwest Missouri is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 pm tonight through 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. Snowfall amounts in Central and East Central Missouri are expected to be lighter in the 2 inch range or so. That part of our listening area is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 5pm this afternoon through 6 o’clock tomorrow morning.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Danville woman was hurt in an accident that occurred just before 5pm Sunday in Montgomery County.  28 year old Brittney Cureton was on Highway J when she lost control of her car, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturn.  She was transported by ambulance to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK

 

A Linn teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Osage County.  The patrol says that 17 year old Jenna Wieberg was on Highway 100 when she failed to negotiate a curve and her truck ran off the right side of the road, overturned down a steep embankment, ejecting her from the truck.  She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries.

 

 




February 18, 2019

 

FATAL CRASH IN COLUMBIA SATURDAY

 

Columbia Police investigated a fatal crash on West Boulevard around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. According to the report 20 year old Lukas E. Evans of Columbia was involved in a crash at Stadium Boulevard and West Boulevard South and left the scene. As he continued traveling north of West Boulevard he became involved in a second crash near Prospect Street as his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by 37 year old Jordan E. Hoyt of Columbia which was traveling south on West Boulevard South. Evans auto crossed from the northbound lane into the southbound lanes while attempting to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and collided head-on with the Hoyt vehicle. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where Hoyt was pronounced dead. The investigation is continuing.

 

TWO PEOPLE HURT IN RALLS COUNTY WRECK SUNDAY

 

The patrol said two people were injured in a Sunday crash in Ralls County on US 61 Southbound, two and a half miles north of New London around 12:13 AM Sunday morning.  According to the report 27 year old Margaret A. Smith of New London was southbound and struck another southbound auto driven by 17 year old Memphis B. Folweile of Hannibal from behind. Both vehicles then went off the left side of the road. Both drivers were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. Ralls County Ambulance personnel transported Smith who had serious injuries. Marion County Ambulance personnel transported Folweiler who had moderate injuries. The New London Fire Department and Ralls County Sheriff’s Department assisted.

 

LEWIS COUNTY WOMAN KILLED WHEN CAUGHT IN POWER TAKE OFF AT HER FARM

 

KTVO and KTVO.com reports a northeast Missouri woman is dead as the result of a tragic farm accident. It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday on her farm along Lewis County Route P just southwest of Canton. Lewis County Coroner Larry Arnold identified the victim as Marilyn Campen-Berhorst, 58, of Canton. An emergency responder who was at the scene told KTVO it appeared Campen-Berhorst somehow got tangled up in her tractor's power takeoff (PTO), which was attached to a grinder-mixer. Investigators were not able to determine exactly how the accident happened. Campen-Berhorst was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:10 p.m. Thursday. The agencies that helped with the tragedy were the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Canton Police Department, Canton Fire Department, Lewis County Ambulance and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

 




Weekend Report- February 16-17, 2019

 

TWO INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Two people were injured in an accident that occurred at 1:30am Sunday in Boone County.  22 year old Tyler Baker of Van Buren, AR was on US 63 when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck the ground, a tree and overturned.  He suffered minor injuries, while his passenger 20 year old Jennifer Files of Jacksonville, AR sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A Union man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Franklin County.  35 year old Cyrus Shipley was on West Park Street when his truck traveled off the left side of the road, struck a traffic sign and a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Troy driver was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Lincoln County.  49 year old Ryan Pollard was on Route KK when his truck traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 




February 15, 2019

 

MODOT ASKING MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS IF POSSIBLE DUE TO WEATHER

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to limit travel beginning Friday and throughout the weekend as a series of winter storms will impact roads across the state. "For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to avoid unnecessary travel once the storm begins," said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer / Chief Safety and Operations Officer. "If you don’t have to travel, please stay off the roads." According to the National Weather Service, this storm will bring snow to much of the state beginning Friday morning and continuing through the night. With this system, there will also be sleet and freezing rain. There is also the possibility of a light glazing of ice in the southern part of the state. A second round of snow is forecast for Saturday. Current road conditions are posted on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/  The map is also available as an app on your mobile device through Android Google Play and Apple iTunes, search MoDOT Traveler Information. MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

COLUMBIA MAN IN CAMDEM COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Columbia man sustained moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident in Camden County on US 54 at Colvert Drive around 4:40 Thursday afternoon. The highway patrol said 31 year old Scott A. Burton was making a right hand turn and lost control on gravel and overturned. Burton was transported to Lake Area Hospital by Mercy Emergency Medical Services.

 

 




February 14, 2019

 

OUR NEXT WEATHER EVENT ARRIVES FRIDAY

 

Even though temps will be in the 40’s and 50 early on today, don't put those snow shovels and winter gloves away just yet. The first of two rounds of weekend snow arrives late Friday morning. Right now the expectation is snow amounts ranging from 1 to 4 inches. The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will push through later today which will cause winds to switch back out of the North and northwest and that will certainly cool us back down and lows tonight are forecast to be in the lower teens and even the single digits in some areas and Wind Chills well below zero. Round two is expected to start Saturday night and continue through the day Sunday and end sometime Sunday night with similar snowfall totals.

 

ONE OF THE MEN HOSPITALIZED FOR CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE AT AIRPORT HAS DIED

 

One of the men who had been hospitalized due to carbon monoxide exposure at Omar Bradley Airport in Moberly has passed away. Randolph County Coroner, Don Barrett, says 29 year old Aaron Herring, of St. Louis died over the weekend from carbon monoxide poisoning. An investigation determined the carbon monoxide at the privately owned hangar at Omar Bradley airport was the result of a malfunction of a heating unit February 5th  which resulted in the odorless and deadly carbon monoxide that quickly overcome the men working in the hanger. Two other people were also treated for exposure and later released from the hospital.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

 

The driver escaped injuries but a passenger wasn’t so lucky when the vehicle they were in slid off County Road 289 at County Road 271 in Callaway County just before 2:30 pm this (Wed) afternoon. The highway patrol said 21 year old Savanna Mosley of Auxvasse was not injured, however a passenger 16 year old Nathan W. Nolan of Auxvasse was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




February 13, 2019

 

THREE VEHICLES, TWO DRIVERS, ONE MINOR INJURY IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

 

The highway patrol investigated an accident Tuesday morning in Marion County on US 36, 7 miles east of Monroe City that involved three vehicles, two drivers and resulted in one minor injury. According to the report, 19 year old Kaden L. Baker of Hannibal was eastbound when he lost control on the ice covered roadway and struck an eastbound SUV driven by 67 year old Thomas R. Lechtenberg of Quincy, IL. The Baker auto then went off the left side of the roadway and struck an unoccupied vehicle parked on the eastbound shoulder. Baker had minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Palmyra & Monroe City Fire Departments along with the Monroe County Ambulance and Marion County Ambulance responded and provided on scene assistance. That wreck occurred just before 7:30 Tuesday morning.

 

TEEN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREAT VIA SNAPCHAT

 

Your Source KTVO & KTVO.com reports officials with the Ralls County R-2 School District notified the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department of an alleged threat towards Mark Twain Junior-Senior High School made via the social media app “Snapchat”. Deputies reviewed the postings and arrested Tyler M. Lanier, 17, of Center, MO.  According to authorities, Lanier, a student at the high school, remains in custody at last check pending the issuance of a warrant for 1st Degree Terroristic Threats. Other adults and a juvenile have also been interviewed as part of the investigation, which is on-going, and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with additional information about this matter is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY R-II BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR SESSION MEETING

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY

7:30PM

 

AGENDA

 

Call to Order

  Roll Call

Approval of Agenda

Consent Agenda           

Approval of Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Transfer of Funds (to Fund 2: $190,980.98;  Fund 3: $438,256.23)

Payment of Bills

Substitute Approval

Retirement Notice

Recognition

1.         February 10-16, 2019 - School Board Appreciation Week

VI.      Regular Agenda 

Patron Comments

Student Representatives Report

Achievement Report

Old Business

2019-2020 School Calendar

No-Tax Rate Increase Bond Presentation

5. New Business

            a)         Approve Bus Routes

            b)         Summer School 2019

6. Reports

            a)  Resource Standards Report

            b)         Superintendent

            c)         School Board Activities/Goals

Announcements/Correspondence

Next Board Meeting March 14, 2019 at Jonesburg Elementary Multipurpose Room

Request for Executive Session (if needed) for the purpose of discussing issues associated with personnel as outlined by law (ref. 610.021.3) and all records of proceedings from said executive session be retained in accordance with the law (ref. 610.023).

XI.         Adjournment

 




February 12, 2019

 

TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two Louisiana teens were seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 7pm Sunday in Pike County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Laura Rousan was on US 54 and passing another vehicle and also traveling too fast for road conditions when her car ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She along with her passenger 16 year old Natalie Welch were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE REQUEST ASSISTANCE FROM FBI IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FIRE

 

The Columbia Police Department has requested assistance from the FBI in investigating a fire at Planned Parenthood - Columbia Health Center. The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm at Planned Parenthood -Columbia Health Center711 N. Providence Road, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. A small fire inside the structure was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. CPD was brought in to investigate after an assistant fire marshal determined the fire was suspicious in nature.

While the FBI will be assisting in the ongoing investigation, Columbia Police will remain the lead and all inquiries should be directed towards CPD. There is no additional information to release at this time but will be released as it becomes available.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AND MAKE ARRESTS

 

Detectives with the Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at 2607 Eastwood Drive at approximately 12:30 p.m. this past Friday. The warrant was served with the assistance of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) due to the nature of the crime being investigated and to ensure public and officer safety. Once inside the residence officers’ located evidence related to a reported burglary and robbery. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, two subjects were arrested. 18 year old David J. Galentine, of Columbia was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. He also had an outstanding Failure to Appear warrant. In addition, 21 year old Jamieon D. Parker, of Columbia was arrested for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 




February 11, 2019

 

FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN AUDRAIN COUNTY SATURDAY

 

KMIZ.com reports one person died after a house fire in Audrain County Saturday morning. 64 year old Paula Sites was found dead in the home in the 13800 block of County Road 208 around 9:30 a.m., according to Little Dixie fire officials. A neighbor reported the fire at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities said when they arrived; the home was fully involved in the fire and required mutual aid. Officials with Boone County Fire Protection District said the district sent a tanker truck to the scene. Authorities did not find anyone inside the home on their initial search. Officials said damage to the home was too extensive to determine a cause of the fire.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING FIRE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm at Planned Parenthood - Columbia Health Center, 711 N. Providence Road, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. The first arriving unit observed a light haze in the building and upgraded the call to a commercial structure fire, resulting in additional units being dispatched. Further investigation revealed that a small fire started inside the structure and the buildings sprinkler system extinguished it.  An Assistant Fire Marshal was requested to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. The investigation determined the fire was suspicious in nature so the Columbia Police Department was notified. There is no further information to release at this time due to the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE THREATS

 

Columbia Police was called to the Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Drive, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 after receiving a call that there was an explosive device in the building. After an extensive search, no evidence of any explosive device was found. On Friday at approximately 7:45 pm after receiving a call that a note found by a customer stated that there was an explosive device in the business at 900 Keene Street, CPD evacuated the premises and searched the property with assistance from the Boone County Fire Protection District explosive detection K-9. No evidence of any explosive device was found. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 




Weekend Report- February 9-10, 2019

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 4:55pm Friday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 16 year old Kaylee Faddis of Columbia was on Route WW when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, returned to the highway, crossed the center line and struck a van driven by 50 year old Jorge Mendez of Fulton. The teen suffered moderate injuries, while the man sustained serious injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

  

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Franklin County.  60 year old James Rush of Robertsville was eastbound on I-44 and passing a freightliner driven by 44 year old Christopher Land of Belleville, IL when Rush’s truck struck the freightliner, causing the truck to run off the right side of the road, strike a culvert and overturn.  James Rush was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

Two men from Cedar Hill, MO were hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County.  25 year old Justin Askins was on Highway 30 when he slowed down to make a turn and his freightliner was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 20 year old John Wagner of Lonedell, MO.  Both Justin Askins and his passenger 44 year old Robert Darroch were taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




February 8, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Boonville woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:25pm Thursday in Cooper County.  62 year old Linda Maier was on Clear Springs Road when her Ford Explorer slid on ice, ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned, coming to rest on its side in a creek.  She was taken to Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

INVESTIGATION COMPLETE FOR CHAMOIS DRIVE FIRE IN COLUMBIA

 

The fire origin and cause investigation for the residential structure fire at 5405 Chamois Drive is complete.  Fire investigator, Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McGruder, determined the fire originated in an office area just south of the front door to the home.  The fire is being ruled accidental.  Because there were several ignition sources in the area of origin and there was significant damage, a specific cause could not be determined.  However, a space heater and a shirt press cannot be ruled out as possible causes. McGruder estimates the loss at $131,250. 
ORIGINAL STORY
The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 5405 Chamois Drive on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4:03am. First arriving units observed heavy fire coming from the roof and significant overall fire involvement at the home.  The responding Division Chief requested an additional company be dispatched based on radio traffic, prior to his arrival. Crews on scene deployed a pre-connected hose line and began an aggressive exterior fire attack.  The home had too much fire involvement to conduct an interior attack.  It took fire crews approximately one hour to bring the fire under control.  The home sustained significant damage. Neighbors indicated the home was not occupied at the time of the fire. Fire investigators are performing a fire origin and cause investigation.  More information will be released as it becomes available. Ten units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH EXERCISE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY

 

The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department (PHHS) is hosting public health agencies from 12 other counties for a smallpox mass vaccination clinic exercise. The event is taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church at 1634 Paris Road in Columbia. This is not a real threat nor a current concern, it’s an exercise to increase preparedness. This multi-county group regularly participates in tabletop or virtual exercises but does not often get the opportunity to participate in a functional exercise like this. In addition to the 13 counties, this exercise will include members of the Columbia/Boone County Medical Reserve Corps, local hospitals, Boone County Office of Emergency Management, senior or rehabilitative living facilities and nursing students from the area. There will also be staff from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency on site to observe the exercise. Participating public health agencies are from the following counties: Callaway, Cole, Boone, Montgomery, Osage, Miller, Audrain, Morgan, Cooper, Howard, Gasconade and Camden.

 




February 7, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Sullivan man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15am Thursday in Franklin County.  21 year old Albert Leach was eastbound on I-44 and traveling too fast for conditions when his car slid off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable barrier.  He was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County.  24 year old Dustin Robison of Hillsboro was on Highway 21 when his truck began sliding and ran off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY CRASH

 

A Florissant woman was hurt in a Wednesday afternoon crash in St. Louis County.  53 year old Darlene Buffington was on Highway 370 when her Jeep Cherokee ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.

 




February 6, 2019

 

TROY TEEN INJURED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Troy teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:45am Wednesday in St. Charles County.  18 year old Julaia Malawey was a passenger in a car driven by 56 year old Marion Malawey of Troy.  The patrol says that they were eastbound on I-70 when an unknown vehicle cut them off, causing their car to swerve left to avoid hitting it and then the car traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median wall.  The teen was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

THREE MEN OVERCOME BY CARBON MOXNOIDE AT MOBERLY AIRPORT

 

Moberly Police report three men were hospitalized Tuesday after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at Moberly’s Omar Bradley Airport. According to a release, someone called 911 to report two unresponsive people at the airport around 11:30 a.m.

First responders arrived on scene to find a 29-year-old man from St. Louis and a 27-year-old man from St. Charles unresponsive. A 25-year-old man from Huntsville also became unresponsive after emergency medical services arrived on scene.

Police said the men were overcome by carbon monoxide exposure while inside the hangar. All three people were taken to a hospital, along with a Moberly firefighter who also suffered from carbon monoxide exposure. 

Randolph County Ambulance, the Moberly Fire Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.

 

HOWARD COUNTY WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF FAYETTE MAN

 

A Fayette man died as a result of injuries in a head on collision on MO 5, one mile north of New Franklin around 10:49 PM Monday night. The patrol said 23 year old Joshua W. Brice was northbound and attempted to pass another vehicle and traveled into the path of a southbound auto driven by 24 year old Clay S. Walker of New Franklin and collided head-on. Brice was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Howard County Coroner. Walker sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.

 




February 5, 2019

 

DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Both drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 10pm Monday in Pike County.  The patrol says that 65 year old Bruce Burkhardt of Manchester, MO was on Pike County Road 456 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and ran into the path of a van driven by 20 year old Adriana Shoemaker of Curryville and her van struck the rear passenger side of his van, causing it to overturn.  The man was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, while the woman was taken to an unknown hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Chesterfield man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Callaway County.  50 year old Jeffrey Alexander was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled onto the shoulder and struck the guardrail.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MINOR INJURY CRASH IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY

 

A man was hurt in a Monday morning crash in St. Charles County.  76 year old Ron Dorn of Augusta, MO was on Highway 94 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a ditch.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




February 4, 2019

 

MAN DEAD AFTER BEING SHOT FRIDAY IN MEXICO

 

On Friday at approximately 5:26pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Muldrow in reference to a person who had been shot.  Responding personnel found a 27 year-old Mexico man who had been involved in an altercation and been shot one time.  The man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain where he later died. Officers are looking for the three teenagers who have been identified as being involved in the shooting.

The victim in the shooting on Friday is Tajuan Williams. The Mexico Public Safety Department has still not located the three teenagers involved in shooting Williams. Other law enforcement agencies in this area and where it is believed the teenagers went have been notified. All three teenagers are wards of the State of Missouri. Two are 15 years old and one is 17 years old. The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has issued DYS Warrants to detain all three.

 

MODERATE INJURIES FOR QUINCY WOMAN WHEN CAR MISSES DEER - STRIKES A TREE.

 

A one vehicle wreck in Ralls County on MO 19, 3 miles south of Perry around 7:50 Sunday night sent a Quincy driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. According to the report, 23 year old Mia N. Monroe was northbound and swerved to avoid a deer. Her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Monroe was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and Ralls County First Responders assisted at the scene.

 

MDC SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON TED SHANKS CONSERVATION AREA IN PIKE COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians.  A draft management plan for MDC’s Ted Shanks Conservation Area is available for public review through Feb. 28. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. 

Ted Shanks Conservation Area contains 6,705 acres of bottomland hardwood timber, open marsh, mixed shrub/scrub/emergent wetlands, row crops, oxbow lakes and sloughs, old fields, and upland woods. The area consists of 3,827 acres of MDC property and 2,878 acres of land managed under a cooperative agreement between MDC, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers. Ted Shanks Conservation Area borders 8.75 miles of Mississippi River frontage, 4.75 miles of the Salt River, and 2.25 miles of river bluffs. The area contains 35 miles of levees, 24 management units, three pump stations, ten miles of water canals, and 38 water control structures. The area offers visitors opportunities for fishing, hunting, camping, birdwatching, and hiking.




February 1, 2019

 

ARNOLD MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An Arnold man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2:55am Friday in Franklin County.  49 year old Glen Hoops was eastbound on I-44 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees, before coming to rest off the roadway also he was ejected from the vehicle.  Glen Hoops was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Jefferson County.  18 year old Trenton Thompson of Imperial was on Old Lemay Ferry Road when his car crossed the center of the road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a pole.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING VEHICLE THEFTS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 3:14am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of Bennington and Ringo Streets in reference to someone getting into parked vehicles.  Officers were unable to locate the suspect.  MPSD has been working with area residents and gathering information about the suspect’s actions through both eyewitness accounts and home security systems.  Change and personal items are what have been reported as stolen so far.  A compound bow in a black plastic case was recovered in the area, but Mexico Public Safety has been unable to identify the owner.  No vehicles were damaged during the thefts. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or the Mexico Public Safety Department at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




January 31, 2019

 

STURGEON DRIVER & PASSENGER FROM COLUMBIA SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK

 

Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people sustained serious injuries in a single vehicle wreck in Moniteau County at 10:45 yesterday (Wed) morning. According to the report, 30 year old David A. Hashagen of Sturgeon failed to negotiate a right curve and his vehicle crossed the center of the road and traveled off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the auto returned to the road, crossed the center once again and went off the right side where the auto struck a tree, came to rest in a ditch and then caught fire. The driver had serious injuries from the crash, as did a passenger, 20 year old Mellissa T. Hall of Columbia. Both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Emergency Medical Personnel. That crash happened on Missouri 179, north of Splice Creek Road in Moniteau County.

 

MAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an early Wednesday morning accident in St. Charles County.  28 year old James Haines of O’Fallon was in lane 3 and 23 year old Jack Scott of Wentzville was in lane 4 of eastbound I-70 when Haines’s car suffered a mechanical problem and changed lanes into the path of Scott’s car and they collided, causing both vehicles to catch fire and then Haines’s car went off the road and struck the concrete median barrier.  James Haines was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

ARNOLD MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

An Arnold man was seriously hurt in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Jefferson County.  44 year old Kenneth Abegg was on Route MM when he steered onto the right shoulder and then steered to the right back onto the roadway where his vehicle began skidding and ran off the right side of the road and the left side of his vehicle struck a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 




January 30, 2019

 

ARTIC AIR ARRIVES

 

As early as late morning Tuesday area school districts were starting to call off classes for students today due to the frigid temperatures we’re now experiencing and that trend continued with increased frequency until nearly all school districts had cancelled classes for Wednesday. Community Colleges, State Universities and more were shutting down.  Even the U.S. Postal Service has suspended delivery in three states today due to extreme cold. Postal delivery operations are suspended for portions of Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. In addition, there will not be residential or commercial package pickup but the news release did say that retail operations at most local offices will be available, but could be limited.

 

BOONE COUNTY CRASH SENDS TWO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO HOSPITAL

 

Two people were transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment after a crash on Tom Bass Road, south of Meyer Foresees Blvd. The crash happened around 8:14 pm last night when a northbound car driven by 27 year old Lacey L. Sterling struck a woodchipper which had been hauled earlier by a pickup that experienced mechanical issues and was left unoccupied, parked in the northbound lane of Tom Bass Road. When Sterling’s vehicle struck the woodchipper being hauled by the unoccupied truck, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of the road as well. Boone County Ambulance personnel transported Sterling, the driver of the vehicle that struck the woodchipper to University Hospital with moderate injuries. A passenger in her vehicle, 44 year old Landon J. Albertson of Columbia was also transported to University Hospital with serious injuries.

 

SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT AWARDED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to K.J. Unnerstall, of Washington, Missouri, for a slide repair project, located at the southeast corner of the intersection with the Interstate 70 south outer road near New Florence, in Montgomery County. “We have been monitoring the area for some time and decided now is the best time to fix it,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga, P.E. “The current embankment will be removed, and new rock will be placed to hold the soil securely in place,” he added. Traffic may be reduced to one lane while this work is completed. This project could begin as early as this spring.

 




January 29, 2019

 

BITTER COLD CONDITIONS – TAKE PRECAUTIONS

 

Dangerously Cold Wind Chills Expected Mid-Week as arctic high pressure builds south into the lower Missouri Valley area. This will bring the coldest air mass of the season to our area and dangerously cold wind chills forecast Tuesday night into Thursday morning. Make sure you take extra precautions and if you’ll be traveling, make sure you’re prepared with blankets and a survival kit.

 

TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

The patrol said the accident happened on I-70 Westbound at the 182 mile marker in Montgomery County at 11:47 AM Monday morning. 18 year old Adia L. Buford of Florissant was westbound overtaking an 18 wheeler driven by 45 year old Jason Spies of Jacksonville, FL when she lost control and her vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway. Her vehicle then re-entered the main westbound lanes and struck the trailer unit, then her auto went off the left side of the road and hit a concrete median barrier. Buford and a passenger, 44 year old Lolita L. Buford of Florissant both had minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The other driver was not injured.

 

TWO SHOT IN BOONE COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT – SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

 

Two people were shot in Boone County Sunday night in a parking lot in the 5600 block of St. Charles Road. The highway patrol found the two shooting victims around 10:46 pm Sunday night when they pulled a car over on I-70 at the 89 mile marker in Cooper County One of the men had very serious injuries and the other victim received treatment and was released. Authorities had suspected 34 year old Michael Stapleton was the suspect in the double shooting and Stapleton turned himself in late Monday afternoon. The Boone County Sheriff's department said Stapleton was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a gun. That investigation is continuing.

 




January 28, 2019

 

TROOPERS ARREST MAN IN COOPER COUNTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a man for 2nd degree drug trafficking in Cooper County Saturday. According to the patrol report, Zechariah Heryford of Galt, CA was pulled over around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night on I-70 and troopers became suspicious and called for the K-9 unit. The K-9 alerted and that gave troopers probably cause to search the vehicle. They found 115 pounds of marijuana. White said Heryford was heading to the east coast from Nevada. He faces drug trafficking charges and at last word was in the Cooper County jail.

 

COLUMBIA PD INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE ON RANGE LINE STREET

 

Columbia Police was dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning at approximately 2:56 a.m. in the 3800 block of Range Line Street in Columbia. Officers arrived and found a vehicle with extensive damage. The driver and passenger were transported to a local hospital. The male passenger also had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The deceased was identified as Dominick Roland, 25, of Columbia. Columbia Police Department detectives and crime scene investigators were called to gather information and process the crime scene. There is no suspect information to release at this time and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

TWO AMISH BROTHERS CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES IN NORTH MISSOURI

 

Two Amish brothers from southeast Iowa are charged with multiple sex crimes in northern Missouri, where they used to live. Your Source KTVO & KTVO.com reports the two suspects are Alfred Yoder, 18, of Albia, Iowa, and Enos Ray Yoder, 21, of Bloomfield, Iowa. Both brothers face more than a half-dozen felony charges involving two underage female victims. Alfred is being held in the Monroe County, Iowa jail awaiting transfer to Daviess County, Missouri. Enos Yoder has not been arrested yet as he’s currently attending a residential treatment program in Versailles, Missouri account to court documents. Investigators say in court papers that the crimes happened when the Yoder brothers lived with their family on Yale Avenue outside Hamilton, Missouri. The charges the two face include rape, incest, sodomy, child molestation, sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15 and statutory rape. Enos Yoder faces a total of eight charges. Alfred Yoder is charged with seven crimes. According to court documents obtained Friday, all of the crimes Alfred faces happened between February 2017 and September 2017. Investigators say the crimes Enos is charged with happened between November 2014 and March 2018. Court documents state that Enos admitted to investigators that he committed the crimes. Bond for the two men is set at $85,000 cash only.

 

 




Weekend Report- January 26-27, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Clair man was killed in an accident that occurred at 6am Saturday in Franklin County.  64 year old Marion Green was on Moselle Road when his truck traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A De Soto driver was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 28 year old James Leonard was on Highway P when his truck traveled into a left hand curve and ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree, overturned and was ejected from his truck.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Jefferson County.  21 year old Gabrielle Galkowski of De Soto was southbound on I-55 when she lost control of her car and it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




January 25, 2019

 

WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Lonedell woman was killed in an accident that occurred at around 9:15am Thursday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Brittany Hogan was on Missouri 30 when her Ford Escape crossed the center line and struck the front left end of the towed unit of an International Harvester driven by 52 year old Timothy Marrill of Salem.  She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in Callaway County.  27 year old Joseph Parrish of Shelbina was on US 54 when he came to stop due to traffic congestion and his truck was struck in the rear by a Jeep Wrangler driven by 45 year old Sheila Eckert of Auxvasse.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

Two people were hurt in a Thursday night crash in Lincoln County.  35 year old Christopher Dover of St. Peters was on Missouri Route 47 when he became distracted by his hand held communication device, causing his vehicle to cross the center line, he overcorrected in an attempt to avoid oncoming traffic and the vehicle overturned.  Both Christopher Dover and his passenger 33 year old Dominique Evans of Florissant were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




January 24, 2019

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Foley woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:40am Wednesday in Lincoln County.  35 year old Shawn Roberts was on Highway W when her Ford Explorer traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and then struck a utility pole.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A man was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Lincoln County.  31 year old Timothy Williamson of Quincy, IL was a passenger in a truck driven by 61 year old Daniel Williamson of Quincy, IL.  The patrol says that the wreck occurred when a truck driven by 34 year old Jason Miller of Troy, MO was westbound crossing over US 61 on Creech Road and failed to yield to Williamson’s truck causing Miller’s truck to hit the other truck on the passenger side.  Timothy Williamson was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

SEMI TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN CRASH

 

A semi truck driver was hurt in a Wednesday night crash in Jefferson County.  29 year old Stevie Marrs of Brookland, AR was stopped in traffic on Meyer Road, west of US 67 with its towed unit partially off the right side of the road as he attempted to complete his right turn onto westbound Meyer Road and the trailer continued off the roadway, causing the semi and its trailer to overturn onto the passenger side.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

 




January 23, 2019

 

ROADS ARE SLICK IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Most roads north of Audrain County and west of Ralls County are slick this morning after freezing rain and some snow fell overnight.  Travel is discouraged.  All road conditions are online at modot.org.  Several tractor trailers and vehicles have already slid off even major highways due to the road conditions.  If you have to go, plan accordingly and go slowly.

 

MEXICO DRIVER KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY WRECK

 

A Mexico driver was killed in an accident that occurred along Highway 63 about 2 miles North of Clark in Randolph County Monday afternoon.  According to authorities the accident occurred when a Northbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Pate Shultz of Mexico drove over windblown snow that had drifted onto the highway causing her to lose control of the vehicle before traveling off the left side of the roadway into the median where the vehicle overturned ejecting the driver. Shultz was transported to University Hospital in Columbia where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later.

 

AUTHORITIES ASK FOR HELP FINDING NORTHEAST MISSOURI FUGITIVE

 

FROM KTVO.COM Authorities are asking for your help in locating a wanted northeast Missouri man.  The Lewis County Sheriff's Office is looking for Blake M. Brotherton, 27, of Ewing, Missouri. Brotherton is wanted on one count of 2nd-Degree Domestic Assault, a Class D felony. The sheriff's office said he assaulted a family member on January 16, 2019.  Investigators said Brotherton has been in contact with law enforcement and is aware of his warrant, but he has refused to turn himself in.  He may be in the Quincy, Illinois, area.  Anyone with information regarding the location of Blake Brotherton is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at (573) 767-5287 or call their local law enforcement.

 

 




January 22, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred just before 4pm Monday in Jefferson County.  54 year old Donald Chandler of Dittmer was on Highway 30 when his truck crossed the center median, went across the eastbound lanes and struck a rock bluff.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

MAN KILLED, TEEN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY INCIDENT

 

A Troy man was killed and a Wentzville teen was injured in an early Monday morning incident in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 35 year old Leonard Briley was struck and killed as he ran into the path of a truck driven by 18 year old Andrew Rhodes on eastbound I-70.  Briley was pronounced dead at the scene while Rhodes was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Washington driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County.  17 year old Danielle Overschmidt was on Four Mile Road when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 




January 21, 2019

 

TODAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY

 

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is an American Federal Holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is always observed on the 3rd Monday of January each year which is around King’s actual birthday, January 15th. Federal, State, County and even Local Government offices are closed today and no mail will be delivered.

 

FATAL FIRE IN COLUMBIA THURSDAY AND CREWS RESPOND TO FIRE CALL SUNDAY

 

Thursday Fatality Fire on Lakeview Avenue

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1115 Lakeview Avenue on Thursday, January 17.  Initial information from the 911 center indicated someone may be inside. Units arrived less than five minutes later and observed heavy smoke coming from a single story residence.  Fire crews deployed a preconnected hoseline and performed an aggressive interior fire attack.  They located an occupant in the rear of the home, quickly removed them and began life saving efforts along with University Hospital ambulance personnel. Unfortunately the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. Assistant Fire Marshal’s Mike Bauer and Jim Pasley were dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  The area of origin was the living room.  The cause was determined to be a candle.  There were no working smoke alarms in the home.  Damage to the structure is estimated at $16,000. The Columbia Police Department is working to notify next of kin.  No additional information on the deceased will be released until those notifications are made. Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to this call.  There were no other reported injuries.

 

Sunday Fire on East Broadway

Details surrounding a fire Sunday afternoon have not been made available at the time this report was issued, but a large amount of firefighting equipment was deployed to fight a fire at 4 Fyfer Place, just off East Broadway and East of Boone Hospital Center. Traffic was affected for sometime as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Smoke was visible for some distance as flames were shooting out windows. More information will be available later Monday.

 

MOBERLY POLICE & SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATING

 

The Moberly Police Department has been contacted in reference to Facebook and Snapchat posts, about a potential threat at the Moberly Middle School. The incident is currently under investigation by the Moberly Police Department and Moberly School District. Any individual who has information about the posts can contact the Moberly Police Department.

 




Weekend Report- January 19-20, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 12:40am Saturday in Camden County.  The patrol says that 48 year old Michael Fox of Sunrise Beach was on Route F when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK

 

A woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Jefferson County.  22 year old Jamie Dempsey of Arnold was southbound on I-55 when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the road and her car struck the median wall and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVERS HURT IN CRASH

 

Both drivers were hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County.  33 year old Carrol Luedemann of Wildwood was on US 67 when she failed to stop for a steady red light and her Ford Explorer struck a car driven by 23 year old Tyler Clifton of Festus and then the Explorer crossed the center median, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.  The woman suffered minor injuries while the man sustained moderate injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

 




January 18, 2019

 

SNOW & BITTER COLD ON THE WAY-DRIVERS ADVISED TO STAY OFF ROADS

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation advises drivers to stay off the roads this weekend as bitter cold temperatures combined with another major winter storm will hit Missouri. According to the National Weather Service, rain on Friday will give way to snow overnight and continue through Saturday. Forecasters say this will be a dry snow. Wind gusts could cause drifting. Behind the snow, temperatures are expected to drop significantly with wind chills in the single digits through Sunday in many areas of the state. Motorist planning to travel to the Chiefs game in Kansas City on Sunday should plan accordingly. MoDOT warns that because bitter cold temperatures are expected, the clean-up from this storm may be significantly longer than the clean-up from the event last weekend. In addition, chemicals used to treat the roads lose their effectiveness below 25 degrees. If you must travel, make sure you have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves and provisions like water and snacks in the event of an emergency. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit modot.org.

 

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police was dispatched to a report of shots heard on Thursday at approximately 12:38 a.m. in the 3700 block of Weymeyer Drive in Columbia. Officers arrived and found a male who had been shot. Emergency medical personnel determined the victim was deceased and he was soon identified as 20 year old Deonte Gainwell, of Columbia. Columbia Police Department Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Unit were called to the scene to gather information and process the crime scene.  There is no suspect information to release at this time. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

MANY AREA OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY IN OBSERVANCE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

 

Most Federal, State, County and even City offices and more such as schools, banks and the like will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. City offices in Columbia will be closed as well. The regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Residential curbside recycling and trash will not be collected on the observed holiday and will be delayed by one day the remainder of the week. Residents can download the COMO Recycle and Trash app for collection day reminders and service notifications. Questions concerning collection schedule should be directed to the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). The landfill will also be closed on Monday. Go COMO, Columbia's public transit system, will not operate, and parking meter regulations will not be enforced on the observed holiday. Although administrative offices for both the police and fire departments will be closed, all other emergency services will be available. The City’s Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will operate at normal hours on Monday, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please visit CoMo.gov/Utilities for phone numbers to contact staff regarding emergencies related to Water & Light, Sewer and Stormwater.

 




January 17, 2019

 

WESTBOUND LANE TO CLOSE ON I-70 AT LOUTRE RIVER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOR WORK

 

On Thursday the westbound driving lane on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County will close at Loutre River, located east of Montgomery Route N, while bridge repairs are completed.  The lane will close at 7:00 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Friday.  Please use extreme caution if you will be traveling through this area during this time.

 

MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A De Soto man was injured in an accident Wednesday morning in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 27 year old Xavier Henson was eastbound on I-70 when he was cut off by an unknown vehicle, causing him to swerve to avoid hitting it and lost control struck the concrete median wall, crossed all lanes of I-70, traveled over the grass median and came to rest on Veterans Memorial Parkway.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

 

THREATS TO BOMB HOSPITAL LANDS MAN IN JAIL

 

KTVO and KTVO.com reports a Kirksville man is accused of threatening to bomb the hospital in Kirksville. Jason Blanton, 43, of Kirksville, is charged with Second-Degree Terrorist Threat. Kirksville police said Blanton was drunk on January 12, 2019, and walked into the emergency room at Northeast Regional Medical Center, yelling and making threats to bomb the hospital and staff. When police responded, an officer found Blanton walking not far from the hospital. According to court documents, hospital employees told investigators that Blanton was banging on the window where the receptionist sits and said, "I am the police today, and I am going to blow up the hospital and the staff members." The witness said Blanton was demanding to speak to a female hospital employee, who he claimed had molested one of his family members and covered it up. Blanton was arrested, and court documents state he told an officer, "I did go to the hospital and told them I was going to blow them up." The suspect is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 cash-only bond. On Wednesday, Judge Kristie Swaim denied a motion for bond reduction. Next up in the case, Blanton is due in court on January 30, 2019, for his preliminary hearing.

 

 




January 16, 2019

 

SLICK ROADS AGAIN THIS MORNING!

 

Moisture from fog, melted snow and even light drizzle is responsible for many slick roads this (WED) morning across the area. Parking lots, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and more have been affected due to temps dropping overnight and early this morning. Allow extra time to scrape windshields and for travel this morning.

 

RALLS COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING WIFE

 

A Hannibal TV Station, KHQA-TV is reporting a Ralls County man has been arrested for domestic assault involving a stabbing. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department said 46 year old Michael J. Arnett of Ralls County was placed under arrest after the department responded to a domestic disturbance call Monday night on Oak Hill Road. Authorities said upon arrival they found a woman with non-life threatening injuries received during an altercation. Arnett was arrested and taken to the Pike County Jail. The woman was treated and released at a local hospital.

 

WOMAN KILLED, MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was killed and a man seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:35pm Tuesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 55 year old Alonzo Cannon of Winfield was northbound on Highway 79 when his truck crossed into the path of a Jeep Cherokee driven by 60 year old Zola Rodey of Winfield and struck it head-on and then the truck rotated and impacted the front of a Ford Explorer driven by 72 year old Marilyn Tillothson of Elsberry.  Zola Rodey was pronounced dead at the scene while Alonzo Cannon was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.  The other driver was not injured in the accident.

 




January 15, 2019

 

SLICK ROADS REPORTED THIS MORNING ACROSS THE AREA

 

Moisture from fog, melted snow and even light drizzle is responsible for many slick roads this (TUES) morning across the area. Parking lots, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks and more have been affected due to temps dropping overnight and early this morning. Allow extra time to scrape windshields and for travel this morning.

 

HOWARD COUNTY HEAD-ON COLLISION

 

A two car crash in Howard County at 2:50 Sunday afternoon sent three people to the hospital. According to the report, 18 year old Gordon T. Starke of Fayette was eastbound on Route E, just east of county road 89 when he lost control of the auto on the slushy road, crossed the center line and struck a west bound auto driven by 54 year old Kimberly Test of Mexico nearly head on. Starke had moderate injuries as did a passenger in the Test car, 61 year old Edward Straatman of Glasgow. Test sustained just minor injuries. All three were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE HOWARD COUNTY ROADS

 

Weather permitting, Missouri Department of Transportation crews will replace culvert pipes on two Howard County roads this week:

 

·         Route V between County Road 237 and County Road 259. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15.

 

·         Route H between County Road 134 and County Road 247. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, January 18.  

 

Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.

 

 




January 14, 2019

 

ONE LANE OF INTERSTATE 70 TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT

 

Weather permitting, tonight, January 14, the passing lane on Interstate 70 eastbound between MM 166.4 and MM 166.8 in Montgomery County will close beginning at 8:00 p.m. tonight and will reopen tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. so that semis can be removed from the median. 

The truck parking area will remain open during this time. Please use caution if you will be traveling through this area. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

NORMALCY STARTS TO RETURN DUE TO IMPROVED ROAD CONDITIONS

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation says most major roads in the state are clear or mostly clear. Melting during the day Sunday was expected to refreeze overnight so be cautious on the Monday morning commute, especially on bridges and elevated surfaces. Information is available 24/7 at www.traveler.modot.org or 1-888-Ask MoDOT.

 

NUMEROUS WEATHER RELATED TRAFFIC CRASHES

 

A Number of weather related traffic crashes were reported over the weekend. 

In Howard County, 54 year old Kimberly A. Test of Mexico was westbound on Route E, just east of County Road 207 when her vehicle was struck head on by an eastbound auto driven by 18 year old Gordon Starke of Fayette. Starke had moderate injuries. That accident occurred at 2:50 PM yesterday (SUN) afternoon. A Carrollton driver was killed in a collision on Highway 24, just west of County Road 335 at 3:05 pm Friday. The patrol said 32 year old Wilson Hope of Carrollton was westbound when she lost control of her vehicle and it started sliding sideways into the eastbound lane and impacted with an eastbound vehicle, driven by 55 year old Gabriel Zamarrida  (Zam-ma-rida) of Marshall, MO. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Carrolton County Coroner.

 

COLUMBIA HARD HIT BY WINTER STORM TRYING TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS

 

The major winter storm that began on Friday, Jan. 11 continues to affect some travel, power and City services in Columbia. All available City resources continue to be utilized in responding to the storm to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community members. The City of Columbia appreciates the community’s continued patience and understanding as we work to recover from this large winter event. Power Outages: Less than 100 City of Columbia Utilities customers are currently without power. Numerous power outages occurred due to the heavy snow causing trees and limbs to sag on power lines. Crews are working 16 hour shifts to restore power as soon as possible. As of Sunday afternoon, power has been restored to approximately 8,000 customers. The City requested mutual aid assistance from other electric utilities to help in restoring power to the customer outages throughout the city. Crews from Macon, Palmyra, Waynesville and Rolla responded to the request. Contractors PAR Electrical and Asplundh are also helping in their areas of expertise. While thousands of customers’ power was restored Sunday, there is the possibility that some customers will go without power into Monday, Jan. 14, due to severe tree damage caused by the storm, leaning into power lines in some parts of the City. Roads: Road crews from Columbia, Boone County and MoDOT were out in force. Almost 70 City of Columbia team members from various departments were working on plowing and treating Columbia streets concentrating on residential and downtown areas. Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day until the job is done. Restrictions on Priority Snow Routes in Columbia are being enforced and residents are asked to remove vehicles from marked priority routes to allow for easier snow clearing. Vehicles not removed may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense. Crews plan to continue to work 24/7 until all streets are passable by a front wheel drive vehicle. Solid Waste: The Solid Waste Utility will run its normal collection schedule this week, though delays are possible. Curbside customers should place secured materials on their driveway or in an area that’s accessible by crews without them having to step over snow banks Transit: Go COMO, Columbia’s public transit system, is scheduled to resume its regular fixed route service Monday, Jan. 14. Para-transit service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. for medical appointments and employment rides only. Airport:Columbia Regional Airport’s main runway is open to commercial and general aviation traffic. Individual airlines will determine their flight status into and out of COU. Travelers should check their flight status with their airline. The airport was closed for a time after a jet became stuck after landing and 80 people on board the plane had to be resuced. Parks and Recreation: The Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will resume operations Monday, Jan. 14. The facility is scheduled to open at its normal time of 5:30 a.m.

 




Weekend Report- January 12-13, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 2pm Friday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 68 year old Betty Boyd of House Springs was on Highway 21 when her car began sliding on the snow covered roadway, traveled off the right edge of the ramp and overturned towards the driver side and it came to rest facing southeast in a rock lined ditch.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A New Haven driver was hurt in a Friday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  59 year old Julie Amrien was on Route KK when she failed to maintain control of her Toyota 4Runner and it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment. 

 

O’FALLON WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

An O’Fallon woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in St. Charles County.  62 year old Vickie Nanney was on St. Paul Road and driving too fast for conditions when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




January 11, 2019

 

WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT

 

A statewide winter storm and playoff football crowds could lead to traffic slowdowns this weekend.

The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to use caution as snow is forecast on Friday and road conditions may be slippery at times. If you have to travel, please allow extra time to reach your destination. According to the National Weather Service, the storm system will pass through Missouri from the southwest to the northeast on Friday and continue into Saturday night. Snow accumulations up to 10 inches are predicted for parts of the state. There is also the possibility of sleet and light freezing rain in some areas. Increased traffic is expected in the Kansas City area this weekend as the Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in a divisional round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3:35 p.m. In addition, many students will be returning to college campuses after the winter break, which means more vehicles on the road. To check road conditions please go to MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/  MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

CAR COLLIDES WITH TRAIN IN RALLS COUNTY

 

A Monroe City driver failed to stop at a railroad crossing and struck a train around 3:30 PM Thursday afternoon. The patrol reports the incident happened in Ralls County on Hazzard Lane, 3 miles southeast of Monroe City The patrol said 44 year old Ryan R. Cobb of Moberly was operating the train and was traveling westbound when it was struck in the right front by a northbound car operated by 21 year old Olivia S. Keiser of Monroe City. Neither Cobb or Keiser were injured, however a passenger in the Keiser vehicle identified as 17 year old Alexia M. Ytell of Monroe City received minor injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Monroe County Ambulance personnel.

 

WORK CONTINUES ESTABLISHING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM IN MISSOURI

 

Following the majority of Missourians’ November 2018 vote to adopt Constitutional Amendment 2, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting pre-filed license application fees for medical marijuana facilities on Jan. 7 and is now in the process of forming rules for the program.

DHSS has accepted more than 250 forms and over $2 million in application fees this week.  The department is currently on schedule to establish program rules in order to efficiently regulate and control the cultivation, manufacturing and sale of marijuana for medical use.As part of its effort to gather all relevant input, DHSS has established a new page on its medical marijuana program website where it will begin releasing initial drafts of its rules for public review. In the coming months, interested individuals should monitorwww.health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/index.php for new drafts, which will be posted as soon as they are available. Suggestions for these initial drafts may be submitted through the Suggestion Form on that page. The collection of non-refundable pre-filed license application fees is ongoing, and early submission of application fees does not guarantee a license or provide any competitive advantage in the application process. Official application forms will be available no later than June 4, 2019.

 

Application fee payments may be made by personal or certified check, cashier’s check or money orders made payable to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  Cash will not be accepted.  Any application fee must be accompanied by a completed Pre-Filed Application Fee Form available at

https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/index.php.

 

Payment and the Pre-Filed Application Fee Form may be mailed to:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
FEE RECEIPT UNIT
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

 

Or personally delivered during business hours to:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
920 Wildwood Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109

 

 




January 10, 2019

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN WRECK WHILE PURSUING SUSPECT

 

A Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained minor injuries when he crashed his patrol vehicle while in pursuit of a vehicle failing to yield. The highway patrol said 36 year old Deputy Randall M. Mathews of Huntsville was southbound on County Road 2580, 2 miles east of Higbee at 2:36 Wednesday morning pursuing the suspect vehicle when his auto traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck two fences. The suspect vehicle also crashed when it went off the south side of the roadway, struck a fence and a ditch. It was driven by 27 year old Cody O. Downing of Moberly who also received minor injuries. He was transported by Randolph County Ambulance Personnel to Moberly Regional Medical Center.  Mathews sustained minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The investigation is continuing.

 

COMMENTS REQUESTED ON NEW STREET LIGHTS FOR THE DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA AREA

 

City of Columbia Utilities and the Columbia Police Department are holding an interested parties meeting regarding the new street lights for the downtown Columbia area. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.  The public is invited to attend and provide their input on the six new street lights that have been installed and are being tested on portions of East Broadway. An online survey will be available at CoMo.gov for those who would like to offer feedback.

 

AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ACT/SAT WEEKEND BOOT CAMP AT MMA IN MEXICO

 

High school students seeking to improve their ACT/SAT scores will find help at the comprehensive ACT/SAT Weekend Boot Camp to be held at Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in Mexico, Missouri on Feb, 1-3. Students who complete the boot camp average three to seven points of improvement on the ACT, and 150 to 200 points of improvement on the SAT. These point improvements represent a 30 to 40 percent percentile increase in scores. Led by Tutors Across America, the immersive three-day boot camp will teach all sections of the tests in one weekend. The camp also includes two full-length exams of each type. The camp will be held at MMA, located at 204 N. Grand Street, Mexico, MO  65265. Hours of the boot camp will be Friday, Feb. 1 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost of the camp is $149, with discount coupon code MISSOURIMILITARY.  Registration is available at tutorsacrossamerica.com/actcourse.

 

 




January 9, 2019

 

MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

Two men were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:45pm Tuesday in Morgan County.  53 year old Richard Siebenmorgen of Blue Springs was on Route O when his truck crossed the center line and traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He along with his passenger 46 year old David Faulkner of Camdenton sustained serious injuries.  The driver was taken to Lake Regional Hospital while his passenger was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

THREE HURT IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK

 

Three people were hurt in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Warren County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Wyatt Wielms of Warrenton was on Route M when he fell asleep, causing his truck to cross the center of the road and into the eastbound lane where it struck the right side of a Ford Explorer driven by 53 year old Karla Stribling of Warrenton and after impact both vehicles ran off the south side of Route M.  Wyatt Wielms along with two passengers in the Explorer 20 year old Kadie Aschoff and 15 year old Jolea Stribling were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of their injuries.

 

MDC ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE AT RANACKER CONSERVATION AREA IN PIKE COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will temporarily close access to the north part of Ranacker Conservation Area, including access to the shooting range, to allow for construction of a new bridge. Access to the conservation area from Missouri Highway RA will be closed from Jan. 7 – March 15 pending completion of the project. Construction crews will replace the existing low-water crossing with a new bridge that will carry the north access road over Peno Creek. The road closure cuts off access to the area’s shooting range. Area users may continue to access the property on its south and southeast sides via county roads 48 and 50. These access points offer parking, camping, and an ADA-accessible privy. However, the shooting range will remain inaccessible until the bridge project is complete. “This project will improve access for area users,” said MDC Wildlife Management Biologist and Ranacker Conservation Area Manager Mike Flaspohler. “During high flows on Peno Creek, access to the range and the north part of the conservation area is cut off. The new bridge will provide more dependable access to the area, especially during heavy rains when the creek rises rapidly.” Ranacker Conservation Area consists of more than 1,800 acres of timber, grasslands, agricultural lands, and old fields characterized by narrow valleys with numerous rock overhangs. Peno Creek traverses the northern portion of the area, providing more than a mile of stream frontage. The area marks a point where river hills break away from prairie and is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, turkey, and bobwhite quail. Management of the area focuses on providing wildlife habitat by maintaining timber edges and old fields, prescribed timber harvest, and rotating agricultural crops. MDC thanks area users for their patience during the installation of this important infrastructure improvement.

 




January 8, 2019

 

ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY-MORE ARRESTS EXPECTED

 

On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 10:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Casey’s Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of East Liberty in Mexico in reference to a robbery.  Investigation led to the arrest of Jacob R Boyle, age 28 of Mexico, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at approximately 12:57PM.  Boyle was processed at MPSD and later transported to the Audrain County Jail for Robbery 1st Degree.  Evidence collected during the investigation indicates that it was Boyle that went into the store.  The incident is still under investigation and it is anticipated that others will be charged as well.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

 

KMIZ TV and KMIZ.com is reporting that Callaway Counties authorities have identified the victim that they said was found dead Sunday night near the 1500 block of Old Highway 40. Deputies responded to a shots fired call and found Lauro Garza-Perez, 34, of Columbia. The Callaway County Sheriff said he could not provide the cause of death. An autopsy conducted Monday by the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that authorities are conducting a homicide investigation. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department. If you have any information, you can call the Callaway County Crimestoppers number at 573-592-2474, and you can remain anonymous. 

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY SUSPECTS IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN COURT MONDAY

 

The 4 individuals arrested and charged in connection with the shooting deaths of Darren Tharp and Shane Austin Hare of Columbia were in Randolph County court Monday and all 4 waived their arraignments. Tharp and Hare were found dead from gunshot wounds in a vehicle on December 29. According to court documents, the shootings happened early in the morning of December 28.  20-year-old Christopher Esry, 40-year-old Aaron Bloss, 29-year-old Travis Koenig and 22-year-old Steven Bell have each been charged in connection with the shooting deaths. All four suspects were arrested on January 1, the same day charges were filed. Bloss, Esry and Koenig have bonds set at $1 million cash. Bell has bond set at $100,000. All four defendants were scheduled for a preliminary hearing setting date on February 25th.

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $80,000 TO EXPAND CALLAWAY COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT FEASIBILITY STUDY

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $80,776 in grant funding to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission to further develop plans for the Callaway County Sewer District. The grant allows the planning commission to expand upon a prefeasibility study completed in 2016 and to identify the optimal location to construct the district’s first centralized county wastewater system.

The expanded study area will address the wastewater treatment needs of additional residential and commercial occupants, and a centralized wastewater collection and treatment system is expected to increase economic development opportunities within the area. The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission has identified the lack of wastewater infrastructure as one of the most significant barriers to economic development along I-70 where Boone County borders Callaway County.

Formation of the Callaway County Regional Sewer District was approved by voters on August 7, 2018. The feasibility study will provide county leaders with a clear plan for administratively and financially establishing the county sewer district, along with an outline for the initial phases of wastewater treatment consolidation to be undertaken by the district. Feasibility study contributing partners include the Callaway County Commission and the Callaway County Health Department.

For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at fac@dnr.mo.gov or 573-751-1300. 

 

 

 




January 7, 2019

 

WAVERLY MAN ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

The highway patrol arrested 21 year old Austin W. Leroy of Waverly at 2:50 PM Sunday in Montgomery County. He was wanted on a misdemeanor Carroll County Warrant for failure to appear for no insurance. He was taken to the Montgomery County jail in lieu of bond.

 

BOONVILLE DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

 

A Boonville man has minor injuries but refused treatment after crashing his vehicle at the intersection of Route F and Route B in Cooper County at 1:15 Sunday morning. The patrol said 18 year old Hayden G. Dufur was eastbound when his pickup struck an embankment after failing to stop at a stop sign. He was charged with DWI-1st offense and taken to the Cooper County Jail in lieu of bond.

 

RAYTOWN DRIVER IN COOPER COUNTY WRECK

 

The highway patrol reports a Raytown driver was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Cooper County at 3:41 PM Sunday. According to the report, 25 year old Destanee R. Foster was eastbound on Interstate 70 at the 94 mile marker when her auto went off the left side of the road and struck the median cables. She was transported with serious injuries by Cooper County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department and Cooper County Fire Department provided on-scene assistance.

 

CHILD DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY

 

A four year old Child is dead after being struck by a Columbia Police vehicle at Battle School  Friday afternoon. The patrol reports the crash occurred in the parking lot of Battle High School at 3:56 pm Friday when a police car driven by Columbia Police Officer 27 year old Andria E. Heese of Columbia was eastbound in a roundabout at the west entrance to the high school. The driver exited the left side of the roadway with the intention of parking on the sidewalk so that the driver could observe students loading onto the school busses as a 4 year old was walking on the sidewalk and was struck by the police cruiser.  The 4 year old girl that was struck was identified as Gabriella Curry of Columbia. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by University of Missouri Hospital EMS where she was pronounced deceased. The patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit conducted the crash investigation. A Prayer vigil was held Saturday night where signs, balloons and candles lit up the front of Battle High School in honor of the 4 year old.

 




Weekend Report- January 5-6, 2019

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A Tuscumbia man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:30am Saturday morning in Miller County.  The patrol says that 26 year old Sawyer Rush was on US 54 when his Hummer struck an unoccupied Chevy Trailblazer parked on the shoulder and then it went off the right side of the road, overturned, struck several trees and came to rest in a creek.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Franklin County.  65 year old David Gumpenberger of Villa Ridge was on Route B when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times before it returned to the road where it came to rest.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

A woman was hurt in a Sunday morning crash in Franklin County.  69 year old Linda Civey of Caledonia, MO was on Highway 47 when her truck ran off the east side of the road and struck two mailboxes.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




January 4, 2019

 

NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL SWORN IN AT JEFFERSON CITY

 

Eric Schmitt was sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General today at the Missouri Supreme Court in a ceremony led by Chief Justice Zel Fischer.  In remarks following the swearing-in, Schmitt emphasized his duty is to protect Missourians, and to serve as the lawyer for all six million Missourians.  Governor Mike Parson announced the appointment of Schmitt as Missouri’s Attorney General on November 13, 2018. Schmitt previously served as Missouri’s 46th State Treasurer.  During his time as State Treasurer, he protected Missouri taxpayers, supported small businesses, and empowered individuals and families.  While Treasurer, he maintained Missouri’s AAA bond rating while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio. Schmitt also previously served two terms in the Missouri State Senate and as an Alderman for the city of Glendale.  In these roles, he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs. Schmitt attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and continued his education to graduate cum laude from Truman State University, where he founded a Habitat for Humanity chapter. After graduation, he attended law school at Saint Louis University where he received his J.D. and served as an editor of the Law Review. He and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Olivia.

 

MOBERLY POLICE TAKE PERSON INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON

 

A Columbia TV Station is reporting the Moberly Police Department took one person into custody after the person showed signs of mental distress and refused to let police into the home. KMIZ TV is reporting the situation happened Thursday afternoon in the area of Williams Street and resulted in St. Pius X School and Early Childhood Center to divert its pickup location for students. Officers were cautious with the situation as they could not confirm the subject was unarmed at the time, said Moberly police Chief Troy Link. Moberly officers, crisis negotiators and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were on scene. The subject was taken into custody without incident, Link said. According to St. Pius X School and Early Childhood Center, Williams Street was shut down, and students were dismissed from the east side of the building on Clark Street. A school official said Moberly police directed them to dismiss on the other side of the building. The school official did not have any other information about what was going on.

 

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES REGARDING SOUTH DAKOTA WOMAN KILLED IN I70 SHOOTING

 

The investigation continues and now the number of leads being pursued adds up to more than 90 in the death of Melissa Peskey. She was the South Dakota woman found shot to death in her car while her two children were in the back seat.  The patrol continues to solicit and pursue leads in the mysterious death.

 




January 3, 2019

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE JJ WILL CLOSE THURSDAY AT PRICE’S BRANCH DUE TO DETERIORATION

 

This morning, Jan. 3, Montgomery County Route JJ will close at Price’s Branch, located 5 miles north of High Hill. Significant deterioration was found on the bridge, so for the safety of motorists, the bridge will be closed. Price’s Branch is scheduled to be replaced in the Spring of 2020, so the bridge will remain closed until that project is completed. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT MEXICO CASEY’S

 

On Monday, December 31, 2018, at approximately 10:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Casey’s Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of E Liberty in reference to a robbery.  Responding personnel learned that a man entered the store, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded that the cashier give him money.  Additional investigation indicates that the man fled the scene on foot, and then got into a car waiting a short distance away.  The man is described as being around 5’5” tall and around 190 pounds.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, gloves, and a white mask similar to an “Insane Clown Posse” mask. The vehicle is generally described as a light colored, possibly white, sedan. Deputies from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and their K9 unit assisted with the initial investigation.  The suspect took less than $200.  There were no injuries from the incident.  Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER HITTING TRUCK BACKING INTO PARKING LOT

                       

A Columbia woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries after her eastbound auto struck a truck that had stopped on eastbound I-70 Drive, west of Rangeline Road in Columbia at 6:15 am. Authorities say 41 year old Michael Gully of Moberly was backing into a parking lot with the truck when it was struck by the other vehicle driven by 60 year old Valerie L. Prather of Columbia. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

PATROL REPORTS 8 FATALITIES OVER NEW YEAR’S COUNTING PERIOD

 

Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 2019 New Year’s holiday weekend. Last year, there were seven fatalities. The 2019 New Year’s counting period ran from 6 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 352 crashes, 112 injuries 7 fatalities and 127 DWI’s. The remaining fatality was investigated by the Columbia Police Department. Last year, the Patrol investigated 229 traffic crashes, 77 injuries and 5 of 7 fatalities. Troopers also arrested 129 people for driving while impaired last year. No boating crashes or drowning occurred this year or last.

 




January 2, 2019

 

MEXICO WOMAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH NEW YEARS DAY

 

The Highway Patrol said a Mexico driver was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment following a one vehicle crash at 5:22 am Tuesday. The report indicated 33 year old Christina L. Clay was westbound on MO US 22, just west of Audrain County Road 935 when she swerved to miss a car and her auto went off the right side of the highway and struck an embankment. Clay was transported by Ambulance to the Mexico Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED AFTER CHASE BY AUTHORITEIS

 

A Mexico man was arrested in Centralia after attempting to avoid arrest by fleeing.  Authorities say Carl J. Dehn of Mexico was arrested near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 151 in Centralia Monday night. According to the report he was driving with an expired driver’s license and the plates on his vehicle had been altered. They had tried to stop him for a vehicle registration violation about 6:30 pm on New Year’s eve and was located after he crashed his vehicle and ran. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol assisted in the arrest and authorities discovered methamphetamine, scales and other drug paraphernalia. He was also on parole for 2nd degree robbery at the time of his arrest and now faces additional charges involving forgery, resisting arrest, delivering a controlled substance.

 

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE SHOOTING 

 

Columbia Police responded to Bodie Drive and Edenton Boulevard at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday for a report of shots heard. Evidence of shots fired was located at the scene. Shortly after responding to the shots heard call, police responded to the Break Time convenience store located at 1000 Smiley Lane for a report of an individual with a gunshot wound. It was confirmed the victim sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital. CPD is currently investigating both incidents to determine if they are related to each other. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

MOBERLY MAN INVOLVED IN FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING PEDISTRIAN

 

Columbia Police said the incident occurred as 65 year old Samuel T. Holer of Moberly was traveling southbound on Highway 63 near Prathersville Road at 6:46 pm Tuesday and as he came around a curve he observed the pedestrian standing in the middle of the right lane in dark clothing and was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  The pedestrian was later pronounced deceased at the hospital and has been identified as 44 year old Jason L. Harvey of Lake Ozark, MO. The investigation is ongoing.

 

 




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